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Old-fashioned Fourth Throw on your red, white and blue duds and join the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for its second Freedom Fest, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 4. Don’t forget, the location for this year’s all-American celebration is moving from the Bayfront Park Recreation Center to Bay Isles Road in front of Town Hall. So, decorate your bikes, strollers, wagons, and yes, even your dogs (they’re allowed this year) and join the parade down Longboat Key’s “Main Street.” The parade will be led by Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave, the Longboat Key Honor Guard, Uncle Sam and town vehicles. Line up for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of Bank of America on Bay Isles Raod. After the parade, the chamber will sell hotdogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, ice cream and soda and beer. Enjoy your barbecue lunch on picnic tables in beautiful and shady Bicentennial Park, while the kiddies play games. Then dunk some of Longboat Key’s celebrities in the dunk tank. Matt Walsh, publisher of The Longboat Observer, Tommy Klauber, chef/proprietor of Pattigeorge’s, and Andrew Vac, owner of RE/MAX Excellence, are all scheduled to get wet. And you wont’ want to miss Republic Bank’s drawing for a threeday, two-night vacation — in the good old USA, of course.

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The final segment in the John Ringling Causeway Bridge, suspended between earth and sky, was hoisted in place Friday. The 100-ton segment, topped by a pygmy date palm, was the last of 480 segments. (For story and more photographs, please turn to page 1D.)

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Desalinization is possible water source BY SHAY SULLIVAN

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BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF They had water on their brains and lips for nearly five hours June 26, but the members of the Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee made three definitive decisions, among others, in the final hour of their meeting. They concluded: • Longboat Key has a water problem; Longboaters water their lawns too much. • The town government should solve the problem, using its full taxing authority. • And, the committee wants the Town Commission to extend the committee’s “scope” so it can develop a strategy to satisfy the town’s water requirements for the next century. While devoting much of its meeting to listening to a presentation on Sarasota County’s water conservations programs and directing Longboat Key Town Manager Bruce St. Denis to compose a list of recommendations to curb Longboaters’ irrigation habits, the committee ultimately decided it had the information it needed to answer the first three of the seven action items that the Town Commission requested: 1) Does the town have a water problem? Whose problem is it? 2) What are the components of the problem? 3) How far should the town go to solve the problem? Based on a variety of data, the committee unanimously agreed the town has a water problem. “Our usage per capita is above average,” the committee said in a June 25 memorandum summarizing its decisions. Town residents’ potable water consumption exceeds the amounts allowed under a contract with Manatee County, the town’s supplier, and exceeds the amounts allocated to the town by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. “Contractually we

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The Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee acknowledged providing water is a problem for the town and suggested desalinization is a possible solution. One role model for how to desalt water effectively can be found on Sanibel Island. Each day, 5 million gallons of water for drinking and sprinkling flows to Sanibel via the desalting process. The Sanibel Island system is set up differently than on Longboat Key, where water is provided by the government and the water committee is recommending taxpayers bear the responsibility for water. On Sanibel, water is sold by The Island Water Association Inc., a non-governmental, nonprofit water utility owned by its members. The water is provided to Sanibel residents at a basic rate of $2.80 per 1,000 gallons, with penalty prices for people who use more than 5,000 gallons in a month. Longboat Key con-

sultant Camp, Dresser & McKee estimated the cost of providing desalinized water would be at least $5.19 per thousand gallons, in a report provided to the water committee. The price of water for Sanibel residents has not increased since 1992, according to Roger Blind, general manager and chief engineer at The Island Water Association Inc. He attributed this to advances in the efficiency of reverse osmosis technology. Sanibel Island residents first began receiving water from reverse osmosis in 1979, Blind said, “And we’ve had no real problems.” One issue with desalinization is the disposal of brine, a salty byproduct of the process. Blind said there are two methods of disposal used by his organization. At first, brine was piped 600 feet out into the Gulf of Mexico, with the permission of both state and federal environmental agencies. More recently, The Island Water Association Inc. went through a two-year process to obtain a

permit for injecting the brine deep underground. But disposal in the Gulf is still an option when the injection process is not working, Blind said. Town Manager Bruce St. Denis said he thinks the town also could receive permission to put brine underground. Such technical issues would not be the biggest obstacle in creating a desalinization plant, St. Denis said, people issues would be more of a challenge. For example, finding a location that would not interfere with a property owner would be difficult, St. Denis said. Town-owned land behind the Longboat Key Public Safety Complex at 5490 Gulf of Mexico Drive would probably be the only location where the facility could be concealed, St. Denis said. Although CDM anticipated a plant would involve nine structures on five to six acres of land, smaller spaces could be utilized, St. Denis said. A vertical plant could be CONTINUED ON PAGE 4A


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our TOWN Bay Isles Road will be lined with 75 American flags, turning it into Avenue of the Flags for the day. Sponsorships for the 3-by-5-foot flags are $50. Each flag will be labeled with the individual, family or business name. Call the chamber at 387-9519 for more information. Sponsors of Freedom Fest are The Longboat Observer, Cannons Marina, Casa del Mar and Republic Bank.

Business buzz Carmine Astuto, the chef/proprietor of Ciao! Italia in the Centre Shops, has purchased the restaurant from his uncle, Angelo Emmanuelle. Patchington’s closed its doors. Customers are already missing it, we hear.

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Wicker bassinet needed Milton Richter of Longboat Key, snapped this photo of manatees from the 13th floor of Islands West. Keep your cameras at the ready like Richter — it’s time for The Longboat Observer’s annual amateur photography contest.

Click ... it’s camera-ready time The Longboat Observer’s fourth annual photography contest begins with next week’s issue, July 10. For 10 weeks, a winning photograph will be published each week. What are we looking for? Local or familiar faces and places, all from your angle. Entries must submitted one week in advance and will be judged by the news staff of The Longboat Observer. Rules of the contest are as follows: • The Longboat Observer photo contest is for amateurs only. • Black and white or color photos are eligible. • Entrant’s name, address and telephone number must be written clearly in ink on the back of every photo. • Photographers must provide content

Elisabeth and Jamie Messer welcome Jack Howard to the world. The Wicker Inn just acquired a new manager/owner, Jack Howard Messer, but for the time being he’ll have to forgo his duties and hang out in a wicker bassinet. Jamie and Elisabeth Messer, welcomed baby Jack into the world at 9:56 a.m. Friday, June 27. Baby Jack weighed 9 lbs. 8 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches. He joins his Longboater grandparents, Barry and Wendy Messer. Before you know it we’ll see baby Jack out on the links with dad and granddad!

Hurricane safety tip Once it’s completed in September, the new John Ringling Causeway Bridge will be just the thing for getting out of the way of any approaching hurricanes. Patrick Malone, PCL’s construction manager on

information of the photo, including names of recognizable persons appearing in the photo. • Entries may be submitted in person at the office or mailed to The Longboat Observer, 5570 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228; or e-mailed in JPEG form (at least 3 x 5 inches) to dpritts@longboatobserver.com. • Photos will not be mailed back to you. If you need your photograph returned, it may be picked up at the reception desk one week after if appears in the newspaper. All photos, even those that did not win the weekly contest, can be picked up at the end of the contest. Terry Petesch of Terry’s Framing & Art in the Centre Shops, will mount and frame the grand-prize winning photograph, selected from the 10 winning photographs. the project, notes that the hollow places inside also make perfect storm shelters. “In case of a hurricane, the first place I’d go hide is inside one those cells,” he says. “It’s a very durable, strong bridge.” Of course, as you read this, all those cells

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Last week, Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) sent representatives to Longboat Key to create a safe habitat for the least tern colony, which settled on the north end of Longboat Key beach. These migratory birds will stay here until mid-July, that’s when they will fly to South America. The colony might come back here next year. On June 19, Beth Forys, biology professor at Eckerd College, was on the beach with two of her students, Diana Mangone and John Lawler, observing the least tern colony. The trio will be back here every other week to count the birds until they fly away. The least terns is not the only threatened bird species that made this particular stretch of the beach its home. When FWC represen-

Snowy plover tatives came to the Key to mark the least terns’ territory June 17, they noticed a family of snowy plovers. This species is even more threatened than the least tern. There are only between 40 and 50 pairs of snowy plovers on the Southwest coast. —Compiled by staff

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Sands Point asks for new dredging project BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

As the Longboat Key Town Commission debate about whether to take on a new $320,000 dredging project along North Shore Road continues, a new dredging request arrived at Town Hall, from the Sands Point Condominium Association. Julian R. Hansen, president of the association, wrote to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis and asked for dredging in the channel at the southern tip of Lighthouse Point. The small channel connects New Pass with the lagoon where Sands Point has a marina. “Recent silt deposits have caused a narrowing of the channel that caused a boat from our marina to run aground,” Hansen wrote. “The channel can no longer be considered as navigable.” In addition to the boating issue, there is a safety concern with letting the channel fill with sand, Hansen said. Storm water runoff from the condominiums and golf course in the area enters the lagoon and exits through the channel. “Should the channel close, it may not swash, allowing contaminants and fertilizer residue to endanger the health

of the lagoon ecosystem,” Hansen wrote. St. Denis said he will pass the request on to the Town Commission, which has varied views on the subject. Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough, who repeatedly asked commissioners to consider dredging for North Shore Road residents, also favored granting the Sands Point request. “Sure. Why not? It’s part of the infrastructure,” Whatmough said. “Part of why people bought their homes was because of the water opportunities and it would seem to me reasonable that the town would want to be fair to all citizens.” But Mayor John Redgrave said residents on the Gulf side of the island are not in the same boat as people on the bay side. “It’s crazy for us to be dredging channels that are so grossly affected by the tides and the currents,” Redgrave said. Ironically, much of the sand causing navigational problems for Sands Point residents came from the re-nourishment of their beach. Although there is a terminal groin at the south end of the island blocking sand from whipping around into New Pass, sand does still get by, especially during storms, said

Longboat Key beach consultant Cliff Truitt. And there has also been fill placed on parts of Lighthouse Point that may have contributed to the congestion of the channel, he said. “I think that’s been an ongoing process,” said Truitt. The town has not asked Truitt to formally analyze the channel used by Sands Point boaters as he did for the North Shore Road dredging request. But Truitt said he believes the Sands Point channel might be an easier project, because it involves a smaller, more established channel. Whether the project is worthwhile will ultimately be up to the commissioners, he said. The Town Commission is not the first one asked by Hansen to dredge the channel. In June 2002, Hansen asked the Longboat Key Zoning Board of Adjustment to consider requiring that a Lighthouse Point property owner keep the channel dredged, as part of variance for dock construction. Three months later, after an engineer reviewed the situation and determined the property owner’s dock would not impact the channel, Hansen withdrew his request. But he asked for the town to acknowledge the problem. And former board member Marilyn Bezner suggested the work could be done as part of the canal dredging program. ❑

Town Briefs LBK man charged with fraud Venice Police arrested Longboat Key resident Douglas Webb Rankin on charges that he used an employee’s information to obtain a credit card processor for his Venice business, Friendship Hearing Aids. The employee, Michael Connolly, also lives on Longboat Key. Connolly complained to Longboat Key Police about the fraud May 23, after receiving a letter from a collection agency seeking $2,592 for a credit card scanner leased under his name. Venice police arrested Rankin June 26. Rankin told police the matter is a misunderstanding and he had permission to use Connolly’s information, a claim which Connolly denied. Rankin was released from Sarasota County Jail the same day on $1,000 bail.

Canal update On the northern half of Longboat Key, dredging is expected to begin in the Bayview Drive/Lyons Lane canal by July 3 and last at least a week. On the south side, dredging is continuing in the Gunwale Lane/Outrigger Lane canal. The Public Works Department expects work to continue through July 10. The Hornblower Lane/Gunwale Lane canal is the next to be dredged.

Agenda There will be a meeting of the Town Commission at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. Items on the agenda include: • Consideration of the Longboat Key Water Advisory Committee’s request for a broader scope of responsibility. • A vote on whether to enact a new recycling program. • Discussion about whether a July workshop will be necessary.

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Judge rules in favor of town BY SHAY SULLIVAN City Editor

A judge issued a ruling against the Brasota Mortgage Company in a lawsuit concerning the subdivision of 7089 Longboat Drive, a dispute that resulted in the resignation of Commissioner Joel Miller in November 2000. The company sought to create two uneven lots out of three existing lots it owns in the Village. The plan received approval from the Planning and Zoning Board, but Village residents vocally opposed the proposal and the commission rejected it by a 43 vote. Miller said he resigned because he did not want to be part of a Town Commission that put itself in a position to be sued. Sure enough, Brasota

Mortgage Company sued the town. The town tried to settle the issue with Brasota Mortgage Company out of court in April 2001, by offering $25,000 in exchange for an even subdivision and removal of the existing home. For the next two years, the case did not proceed. But in March 2003, the company revisited the issue and Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Williams upheld the Town Commission decision on June 4. Brasota Mortgage Company attorney Peter J. Mackey asked the court to reconsider, arguing that the town did not have a legal basis for denying the subdivision request. He also asked for the town of Longboat Key to be responsible for attorney’s fees and possibly for any losses in profits stem-

ming from the property decision. Williams denied Mackey’s requests and so the case is closed, unless Brasota Mortgage Company appeals to a higher court. The agent for the property at Brasota Mortgage Company, Erik Sconberg, declined to speak about what will happen to the property now, “There’s no comment here.” The town also won a victory in an unrelated court battle. Dr. Ingeborg Krieger, who lost her bid to prove to the courts that she owns the beach across the street from her property at 718 Linley St., filed for a rehearing. But the Florida 2nd District Court of Appeal denied her request, finalizing the matter, unless she chooses to appeal to the state’s supreme court. ❑

There will be a meeting of the Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 3, at Town Hall, 501 Bay Isles Road. The Code Enforcement Board meeting for July is canceled.

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Panel CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1A could be liable for substantial monetary penalties for constant over-use,” it said. In addition, the committee cited the use of groundwater wells — which account for 75% of all irrigation on Longboat and are deteriorating with increasing amounts of saltwater intrusion. “In fact, it is so serious,” the committee said of saltwater intrusion, that SWFMD has designated Longboat as part of the most affected area in a “Southern Water Use Caution Area.” “The constituents of the town are the users, therefore it is our problem,” the committee said. “Any solution will involve the full taxing authority of the town.” The committee said the components of the town’s water problem are: • The use of water beyond contracted and allocated amounts; • Inappropriate irrigation practices; • Local rain water does not recharge the town’s aquifer; • Groundwater deterioration as a result of overuse and saltwater intrusion. The committee recommended in its memo that “the town develop a practical program that presents alternative approaches.” It said the program “must be characterized by”: • Maximum local control over outcome; • Highest impact on consumption; • Preliminary cost estimates using data on hand; • Primary regard for regulatory issues; • Best suggestions derived from dialogue with SWFMD; • Aggressively solicited input from the community. As for alternatives to be considered, the committee is recommending:

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designed to fit on less land, but the compact structure would come at a higher cost, he said. The cost of a reverse osmosis facility will also be based on how much water is produced, which is why conserving water will become increasingly important, St. Denis said

• Consideration of multiple sourcing for water supply; • Conservation; • Capture, storage and distribution of surface water; • Desalinization; • Reverse osmosis of well water; • Purchase of reclaimed water; • Sewage treatment/waste water recovery; • “Other?” Prior to agreeing on the contents of its memorandum, the committee listened to Town Manager Bruce St. Denis’ recommendations of what must be addressed. “The irrigation side is where we need to do the most,” he said. “I’m less optimistic about making major inroads on the domestic side because of the seasonal occupancy of units.” Committee President Dick Shaefer then asked St. Denis: “What policy are you looking for from the committee? You said this committee should give you a policy. What’s your recommendation?” St. Denis: “We’re going to need another water source.” But St. Denis also said the town should impose a “retrofit” program during which all residents would be given time to comply. This would entail residents installing updated irrigation equipment in their yards. Such systems typically are outfitted with moisture sensitive devices that prevent sprinkler systems from operating when the ground is already saturated. St. Denis also said: “I think you need to restrict the amount of grass that you can put in ... We need to be strict from an irrigation standpoint. We need to be the best managers that we can.” Such practices, St. Denis said, would result in the town not needing as large of a new water source as it might otherwise. The committee directed St. Denis to present at the group’s September meeting an action plan of conservation recommendations for irrigation systems and in-house water usage. ❑

To that end, the town is conducting a conservation experiment. Water Advisory Committee Chairman Richard Shaefer offered his property as a test subject. He will be paying to add water conservation techniques to his property. Then, the committee will be able to see how much water is saved by proper conservation, and at what cost. Mayor John Redgrave said he is impressed by Shaefer’s offer. “He is putting his wallet where his

mouth is,” said Redgrave. “That’s standing up and being counted.” St. Denis said he is also trying to find a condominium willing to perform a similar before-and-after experiment. The goal is to have a real-world basis for the costs and benefits of conservation, which is another water solution recommended by the committee. The committee’s suggestions are set to be reviewed by the Town Commission. ❑

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Chamber survey: Towns needs community center BY THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER STAFF If history sometimes serves as a map to the future, efforts over the past half-century on Longboat Key to build a community center may be instructive. At last week’s meeting of the Longboat Key Community Center Advisory Committee, committee member Ralph Hunter, president of the Longboat Key Historical Society and founder of The Longboat Observer, provided members with: • A 50-year summary of efforts to build a community center; • And results of a 1983 Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce survey that tried to determine Longboaters’ interests in the construction of a community center. Together the documents reveal that in all of that time not much has changed. Here is Hunter’s timeline: 1950 — The Longboat Key Art Center was the town’s community center, with concerts, plays, speakers dances, movies and a Gay ’90s Review. 1960 — An surplus Army cabin served as the Longboat Key Recreation Center headquarters at the current location of the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. 1976 — The Town Commission was approached to create a Recreation Committee. The matter was referred to the Longboat Key Planning and Zoning Board for inclusion in the town’s comprehensive plan. It was not. 1980 — Physician William Carter headed a group advocating a community center be built at the current Joan M. Durante Park site. Carter had plans and a model constructed. Opponents, headed by the Longboat Key Public Interest Committee and a majority of the Town Commission, cited open-space restrictions and the prohibition of active recreational activities as reasons not to support Carter’s proposed location.

Respondents said it should be privately funded and operated. Yes, said 63% of the Longboat Key residents responding to a survey, Longboat Key needs a community center. And if such a center is to be built, it should be funded through a not-for-profit community organization supported by contributions and membership dues, according to 54% of the survey respondents. Those results came from a survey sponsored by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce and distributed to 5,332 residents. But that was 1983, between August and December. In addition to the survey, the chamber committee had plans to research other successful facilities; the legal aspects of possible locations, land acquisition, public and private corporations and tax consequences; potential uses, programs, site concepts and costs; development and distribution of educational materials and public relations; and sources of funding and estimated costs — all similar to activities under way in the 2003 Community Center Advisory Committee.

1981 — Frances F. Mayers, president of the Longboat Key Historical Society, wrote the Town Commission, requesting that one acre on the Ansel north property (now Joan M. Durante Park) be reserved for the historical society to build a small building at its own expense. The commission ignored the request. 1982 — The Town Commission in a 4-3 vote transferred already-approved residential density for what was then the Ansel property (now Joan M. Durante Park) and town property on the south end, now Water Club. 1982 — The Sarasota YMC offered to

But the documents distributed last week to members of the Community Center Advisory Committee centered on the results of the chamber’s survey. The poll focused on three questions: 1) Does Longboat need a community center? Answer: yes. 2) Who should build and operate it? Answer: a nonprofit organization. 3) Is a center economically feasible? Answer: Unclear. On the latter, the chamber’s “Basic Financial Analysis” shows capital requirements for a combined multi-use building and recreation facilities were estimated at $2.18 million. Estimates today have been closer to $3 million, although that amount hinges on what uses would be included. In 1984, here’s how Longboaters envisioned the uses of the community center: craft and cooking classes; woodworking; ballet and tap dancing lessons; potluck suppers; barbecues; kiddy playground; square dancing; nursery school; holiday picnics; Girl and Boy Scouts; antique shows; craft shows; CPR classes; emergency care; hurricane and flood relief; ice skating rink; and a place to dance.

build a community center on Longboat and staff it at no cost to the town. The town declined the offer. 1982 — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce said it would sponsor the development of a community center. As part of these efforts, the chamber distributed 5,332 surveys to determine whether Longboat needed a center; whether Longboaters preferred a private, semi-private or public center; what services would be required; and whether such a center was economically feasible. (For the results of the survey, see accompanying story on this page.)

1984 — Dr. Murray “Murf” Klauber donated the former tennis building of the Far Horizons to the town to replace the first Army-surplus recreation center building. The building still serves at the recreation center headquarters today. 1988 — The privately-operated recreation center encounters a lack of funding. 1989 — The town engages an advertising agency to prepare and send out a questionnaire on the need for a community center. 1993 — Longboat Key resident Leslie Weller offers the town $500,000 to build a community center. The offer is referred to a committee, where it dies. 1994 — The Town Commission votes to take over the ownership and operation of the recreation center. It is renamed the Bayfront Park Recreation Center. 1995 — Leslie Weller dies. His will donates $500,000 to the Longboat Key Art Center expressly for the construction of a community center. 1996 — To take advantage of the Weller donation, the art center changes its name to the Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The center’s board presented plans to the Town Commission, including a model, for the construction of a community cultural center on 2.5 acres of Joan M. Durante Park. 1996 — Town Manager Griff Roberts presents to the Town Commission the legal steps required to rezone the park and enable a center to be built there. 1996 — The Town Commission placed the community center proposal on the March ballot for a non-binding referendum. The results were overwhelmingly opposed to building a community center in the park. 2003 — The Town Commission appoint the Community Center Advisory Committee to determine whether a community center is wanted; what activities to include and where and how to build one. ❑

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Warning: Do not pick the sea oats It’s midsummer on Longboat and the sea oats are in bloom. These graceful, 7-foot waving grasses are a protected species. The “Unlawful to Pick Sea Oats” sign at the foot of Northshore Road refers to Florida Statute 2002, 161.242, listed under Beach and Shore Preservation legislation. “Harvesting of sea oats and sea grapes,” the statute reads is “prohibited” with “possession prima facie evidence of violation.” The purpose of the law is “to protect the beaches and shores of the state from erosion by preserving natural vegetation to bind the sand.” It is thus “unlawful for any purpose to cut, harvest, remove, or eradicate any of the grass, commonly known as sea oats, or Uniola paniculata and Coccolobis uvifera, commonly known as sea grapes, from any public land or from any private land without consent of the owner of such land or person having lawful possession thereof.” An exception is provided for “licensed, certified nurserymen who grow any of the native plants listed in this section from seed or by vegetative propagation.” They are “specifically permitted to sell these commercially grown plants, as it is the intent of the law to preserve and encourage the growth of these native plants which are rapidly disappearing from the state.” The sea oats statute was first passed in 1965 in the early days of the environmental movement. Lyndon Johnson was president, and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall was calling for “new John Muirs” to lead the campaign to save natural areas. In Florida, Haydon Burns was governor, and the Legislature was recognizing the impact of the post World War II building boom that leveled mile after mile

of coastal dunes for beachfront construction. Despite the good intent of the legislators, dune vegetation continues to rapidly disappear from the state. On Longboat beaches, you can still find many of the native coastal plants that nature selected to bind the sand. In addition to sea oats and sea grapes, these hardy species include railroad vine, beach sunflower, Spanish bayonet (yucca), prickly pear cactus and, among others, sand spurs (this bane to bare feet actually has a noble purpose). A good guidebook is “Seashore Plants of South Florida and the Caribbean” by David Nellis (Pineapple Press). Today many beachfront owners on Longboat are purchasing and planting sea oats in the hope that they might rebuild the sand dunes missing from our renurtured beaches. One beach house on the north end of the Key is surrounded by sea oats; the owners carefully transplanted each sea oat plant during reconstruction. Many of our buildings, however, are located within the dune-formation zone, leaving insufficient space for the shifting of primary and secondary dunes. What we get instead are minidunes that sea oats bind with their multilevel mesh of roots and runners. In recent years, the Greer Island beach had built up a row of 10-foot dunes with sea oats growing on the crest and down onto the beach amid a lush growth of the pink-flowered railroad vine, but recent storm surfs have leveled much of this formation. There is a loophole to the sea oats law. Owners of private beachfront can and many do eradicate sea oats and sea grapes from their land, as does the rising sea. ❑

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The vision of our fathers What a difference a year makes. A year ago, Americans were still charged with the adrenalin and pent-up patriotic fervor that exploded in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. As we continued to mourn the 3,000 who died on that unforgettable day, we thought a lot about the meaning and value of freedom. We counted our blessings. And we cut loose. We expressed — loudly and in full Red, White and Blue — our love of this amazing, wonderful country and our commitment to freedom. This year, there’s a different mood. Americans, it seems, are ambivalent. Just a few months ago, we were euphoric, proud and relieved. We cheered on our countrymen in uniform as they sped to Baghdad and crushed dictator Saddam Hussein and his repressive, animalistic regime. We were shocked and awed by our soldiers’ show of bravery, discipline and honor. And we were relieved that they and millions of others were spared the horrors that could have been. But from the moment President Bush declared an end to the combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom, it seems as though clouds of acid rain have spread over our horizons. The rumblings go on. Was it the right thing to do? Where are the

WMDs? And now: When, if ever, will all of our troops come home? How many more body bags per day will it take? What are we doing over there? It’s not easy this year to be euphoric and upbeat on this day, the 227th anniversary of the birth of our country, the moment in history our forefathers declared their independence and freedom. In addition to sorting out what our role in Iraq should be, our nation at every level — national, state and local — continues to drift farther and farther away from our founding fathers’ vision of freedom. When the fireworks boom and sparkle on the night of July 4, 2003, Americans will be filled with patriotic pride and gratitude for the freedoms we have, as we should. But at the same time, we urge our readers to stop their busy lives and re-connect with the vision of our founding fathers. Read our founding nation’s documents, the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. In the essay below, a commentary we have delivered on several occasions, we trace our nation’s heritage and show how our country has turned full circle in 227 years — from serfdom to freedom to serfdom again. It’s not an uplifting story, but it’s a message worth absorbing. For now and the future, God bless America.

From serfdom to freedom to serfdom again The following was delivered by Longboat Observer Editor Matt Walsh to the Sarasota Sertoma Club that meets at noon Wednesdays at the Sahib Shrine Center on Beneva Road. How many of you still mow your own lawns? You may be interested in this: Sarasota County is on the verge of adopting a new Noise Ordinance. If adopted, the ordinance will prohibit you from “operating any mechanically powered tool, saw, drill, grinder, blower, lawn or garden tool or similar tool” before 10 a.m. on weekends. If you do, and you are reported and caught, a sheriff’s deputy could arrest you, and you could be convicted of a misdemeanor crime, carrying a penalty of $500 and/or 60 days in the county jail. ❑❑❑ This afternoon, we’re going to take a journey about freedom, a journey that, I hope, will open your minds to a worrisome trend — the erosion of your individual freedoms because of the decisions we are making in the assemblies of our governments. Our journey begins this afternoon in Plymouth, Mass., in the 1620s and 1630s. And it begins here, because Plymouth Rock provides one of the greatest lessons for our day. As we all know, English Separatists and Puritans ended up in Plymouth after fleeing religious persecution — first in Amsterdam, later in England. Mostly farmers, poorly educated and without social or political standing, they came to America in search of religious freedom and liberty. When they arrived — penniless and with only their farming skills — they initially farmed the land in “common,” with the produce going into a common storehouse. Think of it as a government-owned warehouse. For two years, the Pilgrims faithfully practiced communal ownership. And for two years they nearly starved to death. According to the diary of Gov. William Bradford, the second leader of Plymouth Colony, food was rationed at times to “a quarter of a pound of bread a day to each person.” Bradford predicted at one point in his diary that unless something happened, famine would ensue for another year. So here’s what the Pilgrims decided: They turned to Private Property. “The Governor and the chiefest among them gave way that they should set downe every man for his owne,”

Bradford wrote. “And so assigned to every family a parcel of land.” The results were miraculous. “It made all hands very industrious,” Bradford wrote. “The women now went willingly into the field and took their little ones with them to set corn, which before they would allege weakness and inability. Some of the abler sort and more industrious had corn to spare and sell to others so any general want or famine hath not been among them since to this day.” After the colony converted to private ownership, three or four Pilgrims provided for themselves what used to take 30 to produce. And with that, the Pilgrims learned two important lessons that helped shaped the foundation of our nation over the next 150 years: • Private property is the key to material abundance. • And private property is essential to the exercise and flourishing of liberty. ❑❑❑ Over the next century, immigrants from England and everywhere came to the United States in pursuit of freedom. They wanted freedom from serfdom, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to live and the freedom to own property. But as we know from our history lessons, England and the King increasingly laid claim to the colonies, and so came back the old ways of servitude, taxation and the confiscation of private property. So from 1775 until October 1781, American colonists revolted and fought to their deaths to claim their independence and win freedom and home rule. But here’s an important point that is seldom discussed in schools: After the war, the feeling among Americans for liberty was so strong that historians write of the rise of the “politics of liberty” and the “spirit of liberty.” Farmers in western Massachusetts were so suspicious of any government they argued that each town should have a right to reverse or annul any action taken by the state legislature. In Ashfield, Mass., the residents there voted in favor of this simple resolution: “We do not want any goviner but the goviner of the universe.” In fact, over the next seven years, the feeling was so strong against any kind of government the states almost fell

into anarchy. The pendulum had swung to the other side. ❑❑❑ When the leaders of the colonies came together for the Constitutional Convention, they had intense debates. And some of those fierce debates centered on the role of individual freedom vs. the role of the community and government. The anti-Federalists favored the ideals of civic virtue, public duty and the subordination of private interests to the public good. They wanted the Constitution and federal government to promote morality, virtue and religion. Some wanted officeholders to submit to religious tests. The Federalists, meanwhile, led chiefly by James Madison, adopted an “amoral” approach. Their view centered on individualism, competition, private rights and personal autonomy — a government that served as a neutral arbiter over competing interests. In Federalist Paper No. 43, Madison described the government’s role as providing “umpires.” Government, Madison wrote in a letter to George Washington, should be “a disinterested and dispassionate umpire in disputes.” As Madison envisioned, the federal government would “respect liberty, justice and property.” There “would be a limited government that did little else than preside over and adjudicate conflicts in a self-regulating order.” And essentially, that is what the framers of our Constitution created. And for the remainder of the 18th Century and the first 60 years of the 19th Century, that is how the federal government operated — as a “disinterested and dispassionate umpire” that placed the highest priorities on … liberty … justice … and property. ❑❑❑ Then came the 20th century. And now the 21st century … The Roads to Serfdom … the assault on individual freedom. Our “Road to Serfdom” actually began with Abraham Lincoln, whose chief political ambition was to expand the central government. Lincoln’s presidency was not that of the “Great Emancipator.” He was the Great Centralizer. Then in the early 1900s, we had Republican Teddy Roosevelt, who ushered in the so-called Progressive Era, the “Golden Age of business regulation,” during which the free enterprise system was brought under control. It was not just Teddy Roosevelt who brought capitalism to its knees, however. He had powerful accomplices — Big


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Test your knowledge of our history This should be a simple quiz on American history. The answers are at the bottom of the page.

Match document with authors 1. Who is regarded as the Father of the Constitution? ❑ Thomas Jefferson ❑ Patrick Henry ❑ James Madison ❑ George Mason 2. Who was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence? ❑ Thomas Jefferson ❑ Patrick Henry ❑ James Madison ❑ George Mason Madison 3. Who were the authors of the Federalist Papers? ❑ Jefferson, Mason and Henry ❑ Hamilton, Madison, and Jay ❑ Washington, Franklin and Adams ❑ Adams, Madison and Henry

Match document with purpose 4. What was the purpose of the Constitution?

❑ Justify the permanent break with England. ❑ Place limits on the powers of the new government. ❑ Establish a strong national government. Match quotation with document ❑ Argue for the adoption of the new government. 8. "We the people of the United States, in order ❑ Place limits on the powers of the new to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, government. insure domestic tranquility ... ” is from: 5. What was the purpose of the Bill of ❑ U.S. Constitution Rights? ❑ Declaration of Independence ❑ Justify the permanent break with ❑ Bill of Rights England. ❑ Federalist Papers ❑ Establish a strong national government. 9. "Energy in the executive is a leading charac❑ Argue for the adoption of the new govter in the definition of good government ... ” is ernment. from: ❑ Place limits on the powers of the new ❑ U.S. Constitution government. ❑ Declaration of Independence 6. What was the purpose of the Declaration Jefferson ❑ Bill of Rights of Independence? ❑ Federalist Papers ❑ Justify the permanent break with 10. "When in the course of human events it becomes England. necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands ❑ Establish a strong national government. which have connected them with another ... ” is from: ❑ Argue for the adoption of the new government. ❑ U.S. Constitution ❑ Place limits on the powers of the new government. ❑ Declaration of Independence 7. What was the purpose of the Federalist Papers? ❑ Bill of Rights ❑ Justify the permanent break with England. ❑ Federalist Papers ❑ Establish a strong national government. ❑ Argue for the adoption of the new government. Source: James Madison University

If you just think about all of the regulatory agencies we have created and all of the government entitlement programs — limited class sizes, free pre-school, prescription CONTINUED FROM PAGE 8A drugs, corporate welfare and on and on — all of them are a Business. Big Business led the struggle for the regulation of huge, government-forced redistribution of your wealth. the economy. Big Business turned to government for pro- Taking from you to give to another. tection and economic advantage. And in the process Big That is not Madison’s “disinterested umpire” that places Business led the whittling away of individual freedom and the highest priority on “liberty, justice and property.” the continued sprouting of Lincoln’s and today’s big gov❑❑❑ ernment. Every year for the past nine years, the Heritage Thanks to the Progressive Era, we have the Federal Trade Foundation has produced the Worldwide Index of Commission, the Interstate Commerce Commission, Economic Freedom. During that time, it has ranked the Federal Communications Commission, Food United States in the top five of the world’s and Drug Administration and dozens of other most economically free nations. regulatory agencies that add millions to the This year, however, for the first time since cost of goods and services and questionable the rankings began, the United States fell out benefits to consumers. All of these — while of the top five. It dropped from fourth to sixth well-intentioned — take away someone’s free— the sixth most economically free nation in dom. the world. Indeed, as Nobel Prize winner Milton The top five are: 1. Hong Kong; 2. Friedman notes, “What you grant to one means Singapore; 3. Luxembourg and New Zealand; you must take away from another.” 5. Ireland. The United States tied for sixth ❑❑❑ with Denmark and Estonia. No presidents have done more to speed us In this year’s rankings, the United States down the Road to Serfdom and socialism than was criticized again — even more harshly this FDR and LBJ, the American fathers of social year than last — about a continuing erosion welfare and government entitlements. of property rights. It said: In Friedman’s “Free to Choose,” written in “The constitutionally protected rights that 1979, he points out: From 1776 to 1929 — a are the foundation of economic freedom are century and a half — total government spendunder assault … A pattern of governmental ing at all levels never exceeded 12% of the interference with property grows stronger. national income except in war. Federal spend“An even more widespread problem is that ing typically amounted to only 3% or less of governments at all levels increasingly seek to the national income. impose regulatory and land-use controls that But from 1933 to today — 70 years — govdiminish the value and enjoyment of private ernment spending has never been less than property.” 20% of national income. Today it is 40% of Today, you could say, the meaning of prithe national income, with two-thirds of that vate property in America is this: You own it; federal spending. Everyone must work five you pay the mortgage; you pay the taxes … months a year just to pay all of his taxes! but it’s not your property. Indeed, thanks to FDR, LBJ and all of the Individual property owners are now the sacGov. William Bradford U.S. Congresses over the past 70 years, we rificial lambs of government, the outspoken Plymouth Colony now have government programs and entitlemobs and democratic majorities. This is a fact ments at every level of our lives — from cradle of life in Florida, in Manatee and Sarasota to grave. counties, in Longboat Key. A few examples: You can now accurately say that for the past 70 years we • Sarasota County, the city of Sarasota and town of have addicted generation after generation to government Longboat Key all limit the height and size of homes you can handouts and entitlements. The majority of Americans are build on your lots — the property you own. now brainwashed into believing this: Government solves • The city of Sarasota’s new downtown plan will dictate problems, not individuals. to property owners how much of their buildings must be • Why work and save to buy health insurance for your devoted to retail space and the kinds and types of awnings children when someone else will be taxed to pay for it? and overhangs they can build. It will limit the height of • Why educate your child? That’s the job of the public office buildings and how many of those buildings can be school system. built. • Why take care of your aging parents when someone else • Not only is Sarasota County considering a new noise will be taxed to pay for it? ordinance that will restrict your freedom, it is on the verge • Why look for a job if the government sends you a Answers to quiz monthly check? • And now we have a new one: We are all entitled — at someone else’s expense — to “affordable” prescription drugs.

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‘They should set downe every man for his owne. And so assigned to every family a parcel of land. It made all hands very industrious,’

of adopting a new commercial zoning code that is going to impose costly changes and restrictions on signs and size and type of buildings you can have on your property. • And then there is Sarasota County’s 2050 plan. Consider: If you have a roadside stand — say a lemonade stand operated by your children — the proposed code says you must have a Port-a-John on site. • If you have a roadside stand selling fruits and vegetables, the produce must be produce that was grown in Sarasota County. • Here’s a good one: If you are the developer of a Village in the 2050 plan, you will be required to set aside 10% of the homes as “affordable housing.” And deed restrictions will prohibit the sale of those affordable housing units at market price for 20 years. They may be sold only at the original price plus CPI and the cost of improvements. If these units are rented, rental rates can only increase at the CPI. • Here’s another one: All affordable housing units must be dispersed throughout a Village — you cannot segregate the expensive homes from the less expensive homes, according to Sarasota’s proposed 2050 plan. Now, let me tell you one last story about 2050: Consider Sarasota’s Turner family, which has owned more than 10,000 acres at its Hi-Hat Ranch for nearly three generations. If it wants to maximize density on its land — as prescribed by the 2050 plan — here’s what will happen: • First, the 2050 plan already has decided that 3,500 acres of the 10,000-acre Hi-Hat Ranch must be set aside as untouchable green space. That leaves 6,500 acres. But 50% of that must be set aside as additional open space. That leaves 3,250 acres. Add in 500-foot buffers that must be placed around the villages and then the roads and sewers that must be built. By the time the Turners are finished with all of these requirements, they will have only 2,200 of their 10,000 acres on which to build. And then, they will be required to build a product — “new urban villages” — that may or may not sell. You pay the mortgage and the taxes. But it’s not your property … ❑❑❑ Ladies and gentlemen, your freedoms are under assault. So I urge you today not to forget the lessons of Plymouth Colony: • Private property is the key to material abundance. • Private property is essential to the flourishing of liberty. I urge you to be vigilant in the fight to preserve and protect your individual freedoms and private property. Resist the policies that diminish your property rights, of more government controls and of entitlements. These policies divide us, and they take away your freedom. To conclude this long journey of freedom, I want to conclude with the words of two great thinkers: James Madison: “That alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own.” Or, as Friedrich Hayek, the great Austrian economist, concluded in his 1944 book, “The Road to Serfdom”: “If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this — a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy.”

1. Madison; 2. Jefferson; 3. Hamilton, Madison, Jay; 4. Establish strong national government; 5. Place limits on powers of new government; 6. Justify break with England; 7. Argue for adoption of new government; 8. U.S. Constitution; 9. Federalist papers; 10. Declaration of Independence.


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If you were the judge

Is there no end to skyrocketing punitive damages awards? Although the history of punitive or exemplary damages is long, only in recent times have the amounts involved spread from thousands to millions and now billions of dollars verdicts awarded by out-of-control juries against deep-pocket defendants. It is not often realized that ultimately it is the general public that pays these judgments by the increases the losing defendants must add to their products and services. Betty Bulbek, 64, was awarded $28 billion against the tobacco giant, Philip Morris, upon the finding that the plaintiff, a life-long smoker, suffered from lung cancer, caused by smoking the defendant’s cigarettes. The reasoning for the outer-space amount was expressed by one of the jurors, “We wanted to hurt Philip Morris and we wanted to send a message.” Just what are punitive damages? They are the money granted to an injured plaintiff beyond the actual harm inflicted by the defendant’s offensive conduct. In some states, a jury is allowed to grant up to 5% of the net value of the defendant. Some comfort is provided, because in nearly all the mega-bucks judgments, the higher courts reverse or drastically reduce the judgment from the “inferior” (lower) tribunals. Compensatory damages are designed to compel the defendant to pay the injured plaintiff the actual damages sustained by the plaintiff by reason of the defendant’s wrongdoing. When punitive or exemplary damages are added, they constitute a reward or bonus because of the defendant’s egregious behavior to the plaintiff. Some states, seeking to cure the epidemic of the increasing number and dollars of those lawsuits, have enacted legislation by which there are limitations in the

amounts or the state receives all or a major part of the exemplary awards. There are instances, well recognized, where financial rewards beyond actual damages are granted and applauded. When an antitrust violation is proven and the public is hurt as a result, the amount of the judgment automatically is trebled, plus attorney fees and costs of litigation. These laws have proven to be salutary for the public good. Punitive damages originated in the Bible: “A man who steals one ox should be made to return five.” Later, the Egyptians, Greeks and Hitites established forms of punitive damages. England commenced punitive damages in 1743, when a falsely arrested printer’s assistant, detained for six hours, was given the then astronomical sum of $1,000. The defendant moved to strike the award as excessive. The motion was denied, with the court stating that while the amount was many times more than was warranted, “Exemplary damages were justified, because the wrong inflicted on the plaintiff was a blatant attack on liberty for which we Englishman wish to live under for an hour.” As always, the American system of jurisprudence adopted the English common law (decisions of judges, differing from statutes and constitutions). When the Civil War ended, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized punitive damages as a well-established principle, but not all agreed. The New Hampshire Supreme Court vigorously opposed the law. It decided that to allow plaintiffs to recover for wrongs in excess of their damages in order to punish the defendants, was a “monstrous heresy.” The court opined, “There is no branch of the law more exposed to the influence of a just and manly

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to fix the amount. Patently the judges are more experienced in every aspect of the subject. They are more capable of a just determination because of their knowledge of established precedents and stated guidelines. The administration justice would be well served if either system were followed. ( Source: The Wall Street Journal, Oct. 31, 2002) James Durante, a Longboat Key resident, is a retired member of the New York Bar. ❑

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The $322,500 construction project to improve drainage in the Village is behind schedule. The Public Works Department originally hoped to have all work completed by July 3. At this point, work is about 25% complete, according to Public Works Project Supervisor James Linkogle. Crews are currently installing new storm drains on Longboat Drive East. The goal of the project is to have at least one dry lane of roadway during a storm.

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– LONGBOAT, LIDO & BIRD KEY – GULF FRONT ISLAND JEWEL Captures the true spirit of beachfront living. Gated brick motor court and entry courtyard. For the purchaser who values exquisite design, quality craftsmanship and detailing. The perfect blend of sophistication and the comfort of casual but elegant living. No compromises. 5BR, 8-car garage. $8,650,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #229070 LONGBOAT, GULF & SARASOTA BAY VIEWS with 255' on New Pass. Approximately 9,000 sq. ft. walled main estate with 2 separate guesthouses on a cul-de-sac street with boat dock on deepwater. $5,695,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #228826 LONGBOAT KEY'S BEST bayfront value with approximately 6,100 sq. ft. Brand new 'Old World' Tuscan design, pool, 5BRs plus bonus room & boat dock. $3,575,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #233698 LONGBOAT KEY'S NEWEST SHOWPLACE just completed in Bay Isles Harbor. Stunning Mediterranean with 6,000+ sq. ft. stainless kitchen with butler's pantry, 4BR suites, vanishing-edge pool, & deepwater dock. A Sotheby's listing. $2,995,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #213131 ST. ARMANDS BAYFRONT Sophisticated, contemporary 3BR home enhanced by classic Italian marble, high ceilings, walls of glass, fine appointments & disappearing edge pool. $2,900,000. Barbara C. Dumbaugh, 388-4447 or 350-3743. #230629 DIRECT BAYFRONT Magnificent views from this custom home with volume ceilings, marble & wood floors. Fabulous lighting, stained & etched glass & gourmet kitchen. A Sotheby's listing. $2,200,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #225812 PRESTIGIOUS WATERFRONT HOME located in the Bay Isles section offers wonderful water view & 200' seawall. Four BR home was completely renovated & remodeled in 1997. $1,995,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #216507 SECLUDED CONTEMPORARY HOME Enjoy sweeping water vistas from this spacious 2-story estate boasting the finest appointments and luxurious amenities throughout. Located in the heart of St. Armands. $1,950,000. Derrick Bhayat, 388-4447 or 284-4447. #216389 LONGBOAT KEY WATERFRONT home of distinction. Three BRs plus bonus room, elevator, waterfall pool & spa, & 4-car garage. $1,650,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #236176 STUNNINGLY SOPHISTICATED Water Club home with full bay & city skyline views, 3BRs, office & 2 parking spaces. $1,500,000. Bobbie Banan, 388-4447 or 356-2659. #238561 THE UMBRELLA HOUSE BY PAUL RUDOLPH Live in architecture as art in one of the most famous & important homes ever offered for sale on Florida's West Coast. A Sotheby's listing. $1,200,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #222567 BAY ISLES Exceptional 3BR maintenance-free home in Weston Pointe. Many extras, open floor plan, intimate courtyard pool & assigned boat dock. $1,090,000. Karen Kunz, 388-4447 or 954-3656. #232751 LIDO SHORES New construction in Sarasota School of Architecture design. Three BR home with walls of glass overlooking striking lanai & lap pool. A Sotheby's listing. $995,000. Bitsy Robertson and Steve Spraker, 951-6660 or 377-0098. #227443 LIDO SHORES Updated 3BR Paul Rudolph home, close to deeded beach access, with soaring ceilings, slate floors, separate office & large lanai with pool & spa. $995,000. Dede Curran, 388-4447 or 365-3341. #236063 BEACHFRONT-SEA GATE CLUB Direct Gulf front coveted south end unit enjoys panoramic vistas & spectacular sunsets. Beautiful wide beach with covered shaded huts & beach chairs. $649,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #229909 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES This beautiful Longboat Key canal front is currently the lowest priced 3BR unit in Country Club Shores. $625,000. Robert Huff, 388-4447. #231323 KEY WEST-STYLE RESIDENCE Enjoy tranquil bay views from the master BR, living areas & expansive wood deck. $549,000. Mirta Matheu Klauber, 383-7591 or 704-67494. #230894 HARBOUR OAKS Delightful, spacious villa with stucco walls & archways throughout, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, skylights & tranquil views of golf course through trees. $469,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #239827 PREMIER BUILDING IN BAY ISLES Fabulous direct bay views from living areas, newly tiled & updated with neutral colors. Heated pool overlooks bay & tennis. $435,000. Rae Alba, 966-8000 or 232-4280. #232733 LIDO SHORES Updated 2BR unit. Enclosed porch makes for wonderful bonus room. Enjoy beautiful sunsets from screened veranda. $355,000. Nora Johnson, 966-8000 or 809-1700. #233006 GREAT OPPORTUNITY to live on Longboat Key at an affordable price. Delightful 2BR unit of approximately 1,200 sq. ft. Furnished, updated kitchen & beautifully maintained. $289,900. Doris Bushman, 383-7591 or 350-0318. #235361 LONGBOAT KEY - income producing efficiency. Enjoy your vacation in fourstar luxury & collect income while you are away. Outstanding mgmt. & income. $253,000. Ann Martin, 388-4447 or 953-7717. #151385 – SARASOTA MAINLAND – FABULOUS FIVE-STAR RITZ-CARLTON LIFESTYLE Spa, beach club & impeccable pampering from an award-winning hotel staff. The penthouse, high over Sarasota Bay, bathed in breathtaking panorama. $5,750,000. Klaus Lang & Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #234190 RITZ-CARLTON TOWER RESIDENCES One of the best locations in the building. Three BR with 3,700 sq. ft. on the 15th floor boasts panoramic bay views. Currently under construction. $3,300,000. Saint Cacchiotti & Gail Wittig, 383-7591 or 387-0533. #232380 THE VIEWS WILL AMAZE YOU from this 14th floor Ritz Tower residence situated with vista to the direct west. Open floor plan with 3/4BRs, fabulous finishes & upgrades. $2,444,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #230308 CORAL COVE Relax & watch the action, sunrise & sunsets from this beautifully renovated bayfront 'point' property. $2,200,000. Marcia Salkin & Paulene Soublis, 388-4447 or 356-0203. #238061 SOPHISTICATED DOWNTOWN ADDRESS Just under 1/2 AC with a home of over 4500 sq. ft. Deep water harborage with extravagant dock. Views of Selby Gardens and the bay. $1,995,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #238357

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WEST OF THE TRAIL BEAUTY Virtually all new, redesigned 4BR pool home with vaulted ceilings, maple floors, new kitchen, large fenced yard, & dreamy bird & butterfly gardens. $649,000. Jenifer Schwell, 388-4447 or 383-3209. #240719 PRESTANCIA Two-story, private, former model loaded with extras. Two master suites, den, loft/office & detached guesthouse. Fabulous, long fairway views. $599,900. Barbara Brady & Kay Barberio, 951-6660 or 921-7872. #229442 CONDO ON THE BAY Fit for the most discriminating buyer, a showplace has been created with awe inspiring views. $575,000. Donald Geikie, 951-6660 or 921-3962. #234263 FIELD CLUB AREA GARDEN HOME Wonderful family residence with separate casual and formal entertaining areas. Features fireplace & 1,700 sq. ft. lanai with pool. $574,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #238211 CONDO ON THE BAY Balmy palm trees, glistening bay & breathtaking sunsets from this 4th floor, 2BR unit with 2 balconies & 1,700 sq. ft. in great downtown gated community. $549,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #233030 THE RENAISSANCE Two resale condominiums, both with outstanding 10th floor full bay views. Two BRs plus den unfurnished and 2BRs furnished. Each offered at $475,000. Derrick Bhayat, 388-4447 or 284-4447. #224110 INVESTOR'S DREAM Great 2BD unit on tenth floor in popular bayfront building with excellent bay views and amenities. Pools, tennis and boat docks. $437,500. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #233788 SMASHING VIEWS Bay, bridge, boats & balmy palm trees. Attractive 2BR condo in excellent condition. Popular downtown building. $429,000. Joan Boltax, 388-4447 or 350-6390. #233333 WEST OF THE TRAIL Completely renovated 3BR home has new kitchen with granite counters, wood cabinets & stainless steel appliances, tile in living areas, & 2-car garage. $399,000. Tammy Garner, 388-4447 or 374-4161. #236805 THE BEST IN MISTY CREEK COUNTRY CLUB Immaculate condition & Tommy Bahama-style is reflected throughout. Soaring ceilings, open & bright 3BR pool home in gated community. $325,000. Linda Driggs, 951-6660 or 922-1459. #231644 STATELY HOME Three BR residence with large master & wood flooring on 1/2 acre with room for expansion, just 6 properties from open bay where fishing & sunsets await. $319,000. Chad Roffers, 951-6660 or 376-0188. #240122 THE LOWEST PRICE IN PRESTANCIA This bright, open villa offers lovely greenbelt views, vaulted ceilings, fireplace, den & sunny Florida room. $310,000. Susan Mitchell, 951-6660 or 780-5085. #236261 – CASEY KEY – NORTH CASEY KEY GULF FRONT ESTATE Fabulous compound on 300 feet of Gulf front & nearly 1.5 acres exudes resort ambiance & features 2 homes, tennis court, & pool with waterfall. $11,750,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #225943 VILLA TOSCANA ON CASEY KEY Gulf-to-bay property with 150' of private beach & Gulf frontage plus 150' of bay frontage with wonderful privacy, pool with cabana & deepwater dock. $7,500,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #231657 CASEY KEY BEACHFRONT Classic, modern gem on 1+ acre with 200' of beachfront, designed by renowned architect Carl Abbott. Over 6,000 sq. ft. main residence & separate guesthouse. $5,500,000. Tom Stone, 349-3444 or 356-1700. #215560 GULF FRONT CUSTOM CONTEMPORARY boasts high ceilings, luxury master suite with fireplace, private beach and wonderful Gulf views on Casey Key. $3,250,000. Annette and Albert Ayers, 966-8000 or 966-6440. #228089 SHACKETT ISLAND Breathtaking sunset views from this executive bayfront home on 3/4-acre with over 300' of waterfront, private dock, fishing pier & Gulf access. $699,900. Stephanie Church, 951-6660 or 724-5448. #230915 – SIESTA KEY – SANDERLING CLUB BEACHFRONT Private estate from Gulf to lagoon with 1.8 acres of privacy in a lush setting. $4,400,000. Sue Broughton & Valerie Woodger, 951-6660 or 356-6490 & 951-6660 or 376-6076. #230559 POINT OF ROCKS Rare property directly on Crescent Beach. A real gem on Siesta Key with 3BR main home, 1BR guesthouse & heated lap pool. $2,500,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #239582 LOVELY BAY VISTAS ON SAILBOAT WATER Spanish-style home on a prestigious North Siesta street. Boasts long, enchanting views from the terraces, deep sailboat water, pool & dock. $1,999,000. Linda Roe Dickinson, 388-4447 or 350-3304. #239334 LUSHLY WOODED MAGNIFICENT BAYFRONT ESTATE Private and secluded, opens directly to sunrise. Over 400' in depth with majestic oaks, tropical vegetation, private beach. $1,950,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #235219 GULF FRONT BEACH HOME on North Siesta Key. Contemporary residence of over 2,700 sq. ft. with decks & balconies overlooking a fabulous tropical pool area. $1,350,000. Kim & Michael Ogilvie, 951-6660 or 923-0373. #240118 IMAGINE SUNRISES, SUNSETS & SIESTA BEACH at your doorstep. Beautiful 11th floor, 2BR condominium with updates, just steps from the Village. $749,000. Marilyn Hahn, 951-6660 or 724-6152. #240465 MARINA DEL SOL Brand new, corner, 2nd floor bayfront unit with several screened & open balconies & view of pool & Little Sarasota Bay. $699,000. Klaus Lang, 383-7591 or 320-1223. #239620 MIDNIGHT COVE Direct view of the Gulf and Siesta Beach from this lovely 2nd floor unit in a much sought after complex. Excellent rental program. $699,000. Michael and Joseph James, 951-6660 or 724-4034. #237076 BREATHTAKING VIEWS of Gulf, Big Pass & Lido from this fabulous 3BR penthouse. Soaring ceilings, fireplace, open plan, heated pool & fishing pier. $679,000. Karen Chandler & Bill Hackett, 349-3444 or 366-7107. #235509 GULF & BAY VIEWS on the private south end of Siesta Key. Paradise for beach walkers & shell seekers along miles of white sandy beach. $575,000. Susan McLeod, 388-4447 or 951-2541. #213318 BEAUTIFUL BAY VIEWS from this furnished 2BR residence with deeded beach, tennis, heated pool, fishing pier & boat docks. $450,000. Kathleen Ucci, 951-6660 or 302-2344. #237763 SIESTA KEY GULFSIDE Affordable 2BR condominium is turnkey furnished & located in an intimate complex, just steps from the beach, restaurants & shops. $289,000. Betty C. Poma, 951-6660 or 378-2079. #236682

GREAT VIEWS ACROSS SARASOTA BAY Spacious residence with water views from every room, large family room plus den, formal dining room & sundeck on 2nd floor. $1,495,000. Jim Hanrahan & Carole & Bill Salmon, 383-7591 or 383-5753. #237647

BAY ISLES BAYOU Situated on one of the best lots in the Bayou, this stunning and private home provides tranquil views across the golf course to the lake. $1,249,000. Annette Rogers, 383-7591 or 387-0800. #231142

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Aerobic Grandma

Ruminations on gyms I have known and loved (or not) There is something very special about CCfit, Cinde Carroll’s new exercise studio in downtown Sarasota that I wrote about last month. The care, thought and years in the trenches that went into its design and equipment are really striking. Seeing it made me think about what makes an exercise facility appealing, and about how one can make a reasonable evaluation before making a commitment. First and most important: The choice of a fitness club or a gym or an exercise studio is extremely personal. Some like ’em small, some like ’em large. Some like ’em quiet, some like the sounds of cables and weights clanking (and heavy lifters groaning). But there are commonsense criteria that everyone should consider, whether choosing a health club to join or evaluating the facility in a condo development, which can be a significant factor in a purchase decision. Obviously, you want a gym with the equipment for the kind of exercising that you plan to do. If your cardio workout is running or cycling and you almost always do it outdoors, then it doesn’t matter if the place has a ton of cardio gear. If, on the other hand, you want a treadmill during morning or evening “rush-hour” (some portion of the time between 6 and 10 a.m. and 5 and 8 p.m., depending on what city and age cohort you are in), you need to see that there are lots of them. Few things are more frustrating than getting to the gym ready to go, only to have to put your name on a waiting list and do something else until the equipment you want becomes available. It also matters that there be different cardio options — steppers, elliptical walkers, cycles, etc. — so you can switch off and keep your workouts optimally productive. When it comes to weight-training equipment, a facility’s choice of apparatus is as telling as its choice of brand. For example, I am instantly skeptical of any place that spends money on what is called a “butt blaster.” This is the Rube Goldberg-looking contraption into which one contorts oneself to work the gluteal or buttocks muscles. It’s a highrisk, low-gain way to accomplish toning that can be done just as effectively and much more safely in other ways. It’s machinery for machinery’s sake, in other words. Just as important is the condition of the equipment, all of it. Visit a facility you are considering a couple of times over a couple of weeks. Look for out-of-order signs. If some-

thing is broken on Monday and it is still broken on Thursday or, worse, the following Monday, caveat emptor. This is a dead giveaway that there are problems with maintenance, and those, in turn, are signs of sloppy management, financial problems or lack of commitment to client or resident safety. In a condominium facility, it’s a sure sign that the fitness facility is not a high priority for the people who live there, and that can be an important piece of information. Equipment that’s really old or obviously worn, even if still in working order, sends the same messages. Another physical characteristic to consider is the heating and cooling system. Do a trial workout or class to get a sense of this. There are no guarantees that what’s comfortable in January will be equally so in July (especially down here), but it still makes sense to check it out. Does the facility you are considering have enough square footage, or is everything jammed together? Is there floor space (and are there appropriate mats) for abdominal work and stretching? How is the lighting? Are the walls mir-

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June 7 11:59 p.m. — 6000 block Gulf of Mexico Drive (GMD). Traffic violation. Subject swerved and nearly struck oncoming cruiser. Police pulled subject over and asked him if he’d been drinking. Subject said he’d had “dos cervezas (two beers).” Subject passed sobriety test, but shouldn’t have had beer in the first place because he is a minor. Cited.

June 8 1:03 a.m. — 4000 block GMD. Suspicious circumstance. Police tracked down man reported to be driving intoxicated and found he was neither intoxicated, nor driving anymore. 3:40 a.m. — 800 Broadway. Suspicious person. Subject warned for fishing from private dock. 12:59 p.m. — 5200 block GMD. Code enforcement. Subject was warned for trimming mangroves without permit. 1:53 p.m. — 500 block Cutter Lane. Disturbance. Ongoing feud flared up when neighbors were both in their front lawns. Subject said he was on his porch drinking orange juice. Neighbor, who was outside with a landscaper, said subject came outside to “stare and stalk me.” Both parties agree that subject called neighbor a bad name. Neighbor said landscaper characterized subject as “loco.” Subject said he is upset because neighbor videotapes him. Police said neighbor is allowed to use video camera. Subject also said he feels threatened by the police, because the chief threatened him with the Baker Act, which is a process for institutionalizing those who are a threat to themselves or others. 8:42 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Parkway. Property found. Publix employee gave police $100 bill she found on the floor of the store. 9:17 p.m. — 7100 block GMD. Missing property. Subject suspects that boy who asked to use phone may in some way be connected to the disappearance of a $10 soccer ball. 11:07 p.m. — GMD at Gulfside Drive. DUI. Police pulled over subject who was driving home from a drum circle on the beach and found he possessed marijuana, a narcotic pill, an altered license and bottles of alcohol, some of which were open and spilling on the floor of the car. Police determined Blair William Hohmeister, 20, of Bradenton, was an intoxicated driver. Arrested.

June 10 No reports.

June 11 3:19 a.m. — 3400 block GMD. Public service. Transient subject on bicycle got lost on his way back to the Salvation Army after swimming on Longboat. Police gave him a ride. 9:49 a.m. — 5400 block GMD. Fraud. Subject paid painter $600 in March to work on house. Painter cashed check, but no work was done. Painter told police he has been too busy to do the work and will give money back to subject. 10:26 a.m. — 4200 block GMD. Property lost. Subject took a turn too tightly and her car got hung-up on curb. Two separate motorists, a man and a woman, stopped to help her and had access to the vehicle. The man gave subject his business card. The next day, subject realized her wallet was removed from her purse, which had been in the car. Police learned subject’s credit card was used to purchase $255 worth of items at a store two doors down from where man, who was formerly in law enforcement, works on Siesta Key. Police will inspect the receipt for fingerprints. 3 p.m. — 5400 block GMD. Theft. Subject hired man to transport Jaguar and Mercedes to Connecticut. The cars did not arrive on time. Meanwhile, subject and 86-year-old wife were forced to use pick-up truck, with which wife was not familiar. She fell out and hurt herself, suffering serious injuries from which she may not recover. Subject blames transporter. Transporter offered several excuses for being late. Police did some research and learned transporter’s Florida license expired and he has a criminal record. 7:05 p.m. — 5800 block GMD. Disturbance. Subject bought 60-year-old wooden boat from man and paid man to store boat until August. Subject later saw boat for sale on eBay. Police visited man, who said subject does not own boat because the title has not yet been transferred to him. Police deemed this a civil dispute. 9:48 p.m. — 6300 block GMD. Code enforcement. Subject removed furniture that was in turtles’ way.

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June 12 2:23 a.m. — Sarasota County. Assist. Longboat police helped control traffic on John Ringling Bridge after a car struck a railing and flipped over, causing the bridge to be closed for a time. 10:49 a.m. — 4000 block GMD. Public service. Subject bought bolt-cutters from hardware store and believes they do not work. When store would not give him refund, subject called police. Subject eventually got refund and got to keep bolt-cutters. 12:07 p.m. — GMD at Bay Isles Road. Traffic accident. Subject drove a convertible into trailer being towed by truck, causing $5,000 worth of damage to the convertible and $200 worth of damage to the trailer. Police cited subject for careless driving. 9:05 p.m. — 6800 block GMD. Burglary. While subject was on beach, someone used an unknown device to punch out the lock of her car and steal her purse. Later, a store clerk notified police that a man attempted to use ATM card without knowing the personal identification number. Police will review videotape of incident. 7:15 p.m. — North Shore Road. Burglary. Subject’s car lock was punched out by unknown device, but there was nothing in the car to steal.

June 13 9:13 a.m. — 3000 block Harbourside Drive. Vandalism. Someone cut hole in chain link fence to gain entry to golf course. 12:21 p.m. — 4700 block GMD. Suspicious person. Subject was spotted in bushes watching a topless woman sunbathe

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with his hands near his midsection. Subject emerged from the bushes with a small towel. He was asked not to return. 12:52 p.m. — 400 block GMD. Traffic accident. Subjects did not see each other’s vehicles in parking lot and collided, causing $1,700 worth of damage. 9:11 p.m. — 5800 block GMD. Traffic violation. Officer stopped elderly man he has known for years, because the man was driving on flat tire. Officer learned subject drove from the mainland on the rim of the tire with suspended license. In addition to writing a citation, officer noticed the man displayed “decreased mental capacity” and ordered him to take a driver’s license re-examination.

June 14 1:08 p.m. — 3900 block GMD. Soliciting. Subjects selling cleaning supplies door to door were told to get permit first. 2:15 p.m. — 100 block North Shore Road. Code enforcement. Subject warned for dog on beach. 2:42 p.m. — 1200 block GMD. Code enforcement. Watering violation. Warned. 4:30 p.m. — 3700 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject with brake light out was pulled over and arrested for driving with suspended license and no insurance.

June 17 11:50 a.m. — 2400 block GMD. Disturbance. Subject in a condo is upset because neighbor’s pipe tobacco falls from the balcony above onto subject’s balcony, staining it. Furthermore, subject said smoker’s wife shook her fist at him and threatened to kill him. Au contraire, said wife, it was subject who threatened to kill her and take all of her money. Wife said subject is harassing her and his lawyer sent her three letters about the tobacco issue. Police chalked this up as civil dispute. 6:10 p.m. — 6900 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject cited for driving unregistered vehicle had passenger who smelled like marijuana and possessed cigarette-rolling papers.

June 18 8:36 a.m. — GMD at Longboat Club Road. Traffic violation. Subject cited for driving with suspended license. 9:35 p.m. — 1600 block GMD. Suspicious person. Pennsylvania woman hanging around Colony Beach & Tennis Resort told police she is trying to locate George W. Bush, because they are supposed to get married. Woman is a little late — Bush has not been to the Colony since Sept. 11, 2001. Woman’s current hus-

June 15 2:40 a.m. — 3400 block GMD. Missing person. Subject couldn’t find teenage daughter. Police called daughter’s cell phone and found her with people she had met. Daughter returned. 8:03 a.m. — 2000 block GMD. Property damage. Bolt on door to workout room broken, possibly by a kick. 5:54 p.m. — 6100 block GMD. Traffic violation. Subject arrested for driving with suspended license. He also had a stolen license plate, which he says belongs to his father. 9:36 p.m. — 4900 block GMD. Traffic violation. Two subjects on motorcycles stopped for illegal passing and cited. One also received citation for driving with suspended license.

June 16 7:07 a.m. — 3800 block GMD. Burglary. Police are withholding details until investigation is complete. 9:32 a.m. — 500 block Golf Links Lane. Disturbance. Subject paid $20,000 for boat, with understanding it would be repaired before delivery. It wasn’t. Company is refusing to give subject a refund. Lawyers will be called. 2:06 p.m. — 2100 block GMD. Property found. Subject working on police cruisers found bag of marijuana in backseat of one of the cars and turned the drug over to police. 6:15 p.m. — GMD at Firehouse Road. Suspicious person. Subject warned for having broken brake light.

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Dennis Silverio Jr. poses with the turtle he rescued and brought to Mote Marine Laboratory. band told police his wife has had a mental breakdown.

June 20 4:14 p.m. — 500 block Bay Isles Road. Suspicious person. Worker at Northern Trust Bank reported there was a suspicious person on the sidewalk working on his laptop computer. Subject with laptop had no real reason for sitting there, other than it was comfortable. Told he was not wanted. Left the area when advised to do so. 6:48 p.m. — 600 block Gulf Links Lane. Burglar alarm. Officer responded to alarm activation. Found to be secure. No key-holder available to respond.

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Critters Barking dogs Mangled peacocks Loose dogs Dog attacks Bees’ nests Frantic squirrels Dog poisoning

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High Crimes Burglaries Drug arrests Larceny Trespassing

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Auto/bike accidents Crashes DUI Fender benders Hit and run Traffic violations

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June 21 8:28 a.m. — 600 block Bay Isles Parkway. Hit and run. Subject reported that a swan that lives on the property (golf course) had been hit and killed by an unknown vehicle. The swan was removed by Longboat Key Club employee and disposed of. 12 p.m. — Longboat Pass Bridge. Animal rescue. Officer flagged down by subject operating his personal watercraft who told officer there was a sick and injured turtle under the bridge. Officer responded to the Gulf side of the bridge and located loggerhead turtle, and secured the animal. He met up with Mote Marine staff veterinarian and assistants who took the turtle to Mote for observation. Animal appeared weak and sluggish. 2 p.m. — 7000 block Firehouse Road. Suspicious circumstance. Subject called and requested officers check her home. Neighbor called and told her pylons were being drilled in the ground and her home was shaking and swaying. Police responded and were only able to check the outside. House appeared fine, and a picture hanging on a back wall by a nail was still intact.

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Statistics represent the reports published in Cops’ Corner year-todate. They are not the official number of calls handled by the police.

Police advised subject that she should have a local keyholder. 2:05 p.m. — 4900 block GMD. Missing property. Subject who was checking out of room at hotel at 1 p.m. checked her luggage and noticed a bag missing from her suitcase, which contained more than $500 worth of jewelry. Subject last saw jewelry at 4 p.m. June 19 when she put it in her suitcase. Chief maintenance said no one unauthorized used keys to subject’s room. 10:23 p.m. — 4500 block GMD. Turtle violation. Report of lighting violation. On arrival, no lights violation.

June 22 7:28 a.m. — 100 block GMD. Suspicious circumstance. Blue cooler sighted in bushes on the northeast side of New Pass Bridge. Police found cooler with 75-inch gillnet inside. Police were unable to locate identifiers of blue cooler, but found area where the new net was used during the night. Police confiscated cooler and net, as contraband, not for personal use. 8:24 a.m. — 1000 block GMD. Fire. Small fire found in elevator machinery room. Was put out by fire department. ❑

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Business Network International — a new networking meeting is held at 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the Dining Room of Hilton Longboat Key, 4711 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Peggy Kulik, 383-5543. Longboat Island Chapel Men’s Club — will meet at 8 a.m. Monday, July 7, at the chapel. All men welcome. Advance reservations required. Chapel, 383-6491. ‘Toot Your Own Horn’ Member Breakfast — a Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce networking event will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Hungry Fox Restaurant, 419 St. Armands Circle. Cost is $5 and $10. Details, 387-9519. The Education Center — Spring season is over. Call the office at 383-8811 and leave your away address — that’s where new brochures will be delivered in September. Summer Day Camp — for ages 5 to 12, is held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Aug. 8, at Bayfront Park Recreation Center, 4052 Gulf of Mexico

Drive. Details, 316-1980.

Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary — is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Learn what goes on behind the scenes at 11 a.m. daily. Rehabilitation up close is at noon and 4 p.m. daily. Sanctuary video is presented at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Sanctuary guided tours are at 2 p.m. daily. Learn about pelicans and other interesting sanctuary birds at 3 p.m. daily. Feed the pelicans at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (three fish for $1). Admission is $6 for adults $2 for children ages 4 to 17. Details, 388-4444. Mote Marine Aquarium — is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Active duty military personal receive free admission during the Fourth of July weekend. Must show valid I.D. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for members and children three and younger. Details, 388-2451. Rotary Club of Longboat Key — will not meet Friday, July 4. Marilyn Bezner, 387-0706. Wild Bird Rescue Training Class — will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5, at Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary, City Island. Free. RSVP, 388-4444. The Selby Public Library Bookmobile — from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Mondays it will be at the Longboat Library, 555 Bay Isles Road.

public events ‘Parks in Paradise — Leisure Through Time’ Exhibit — may be viewed from 8 a.m. to 5

p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, through August, at Sarasota County History Center, 701 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Details, 861-1181.

Historic Spanish Point — is offering half-price admission for Sarasota County residents: $3.50 for adults, $1.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and free for kids younger than 6. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Details, 9665214. Duplicate Bridge — games are held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays at In-Between Bridge Club, Town & Country Plaza (inside mall). Details, 365-7875. Games also will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Cost is $2. RSVP with Barbara Parkman, 778-3390. ‘Home Safe Home’ Exhibit — is featured at the Florida House Learning Center from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 4600 Beneva Road S., Sarasota. Free. Details, 316-1200. Pet Adoptions — will be conducted through Sarasota in Defense of Animals from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the PetSmart LuvA-Pet Center, at the Landings in Sarasota. Details, 925-8388. AKC All-Breed Dog Shows — will be held from Friday through Sunday, July 4 to 6, at Manatee Convention and Civic Center. July 4 — 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., combined shows. Juy 5 — 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Scottish Terrior Specialty Show; 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. AKC All-Breed Show; 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. AKC Match. July 6 — 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. AKC All-Breed Show. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1 for seniors and children under 12. Roger, 966-3556.

sporting Pelican Man’s Bird Sanctuary Peli-Boat Tours — morning tours are held from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursdays; $7, $13. Luncheon tours are held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays; $8 to $22.

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Basketball and Volleyball — games are held at Anna Maria Island Community Center. Adult men’s basketball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Adult volleyball, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Cost is $2. Center, 778-1908. Kids’ Summer Beach Runs — are held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Siesta Key Beach through the summer. Details, 316-1206, Ext. 220. Take Your Daughter to the Course Week — is being held from July 7 to July 13 at the University Park Country Club. Daughters play free when Mom, Dad, Grandpa or Grandma pay the regular rate. Mike, 355-3888, Ext. 239.

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Freedom Fest 2003 — The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is holding its second Freedom Fest from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 4. The location for this year’s all-American celebration is at Bay Isles Road in front of Town Hall. Decorate your bikes, strollers, wagons, and even your dogs and join the parade down Longboat Key’s “Main Street.” The parade will be led by Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave, the Longboat Key Honor Guard, Uncle Sam and town vehicles. Line up for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of Bank of America. Hotdogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, ice cream and soda and beer will be for sale after the parade on the grounds of Town Hall. Picnic tables will be set up in Bicentennial Park. Games for children will be offered. The Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce is again offering American flag sponsorships. The 3-by-5-foot flags will line Bay Isles Road. Sponsorships are $50. Each flag will be labeled with the family or business name. Call the chamber at 387-9519 for more information. Sponsors of Freedom Fest are The Longboat Observer, Cannons Marina, Casa del Mar and Republic Bank. Mote Marine Aquarium Special — Active duty military personnel receive free admission during the Fourth of July weekend. Must show valid I.D. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 12 and free for mem-

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Bridge Street Merchants — plan to celebrate the 4th of July from to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 3, prior to the fireworks display, courtesy of the Beach House. Many of the merchants are offering special discounts in honor of the 4th of July. Jimi Gee will feature live music. The purchase of hot dogs and sodas at “old-time prices” will benefit the Anna Maria Island Community Center. Parking is available at Coquina Beach where you can board the free trolley. Details, 782-1137. Annual 4th of July Parade — will be hosted by Anna Maria Island Privateers. The procession will leave Coquina Beach at 10 a.m. and will disband at Bayfront Park in Anna Maria. After the parade, privateers will make their way to Café on the Beach at the Manatee Public Beach, where they will continue to celebrate and award this year’s scholarship winners. Details, 778-0767, 752-5973. Tropical Fourth of July — will be celebrated from 6 p.m. until fireworks Friday, July 4, on the bayfront grounds of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Featured will be patriotic music, allAmerican cookout and lawn games for the whole family. Admission is $20 for adults and

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4th of July Fireworks Celebration — Channel 40 and the city of Sarasota will put on a 30-minute fireworks display at 9 p.m. along Sarasota’s bayfront, Island Park. (The rain date is July 5.) Gilda Dennis, 552-3002. Second Red White and Blue Shabbat — will be held by Temple Beth El from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at the temple, 2209 75th St. W., Bradenton. It will include a special Sabbath worship service, patriotic music, tra-

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11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 4 on Bay Isles Road, Longboat Key's "Main Street" • Freedom Fest Parade - Grab your red, white and blue streamers and decorate your bikes, strollers, wagons, and yes, even your dogs for a patriotic stroll down Longboat Key’s Main Street, Bay Isles Road. Join Longboat Key Mayor John Redgrave, town commissioners, the Longboat Key Honor Guard, town vehicles and Uncle Sam for the second annual Freedom Fest Parade. Line up for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. in front of Bank of America on Bay Isles Road. The parade starts at 11 a.m. • Avenue of the Flags - 75 American flags, sponsored by individuals, families and businesses, will line Bay Isles Road. To sponsor one of the 3-by-5-foot flags, call the chamber at 387-9519 for more information. • Children’s Games - Lots of fun games for the kids - and even the grownups. Face painting will be offered, too. And there are prizes for everybody! Kids can also take tours of the Longboat Key’s biggest fire truck and rescue unit. •Dunk Tank - It’s your chance to dunk some of Longboat Key’s celebrities. 11:30 a.m. - Matt Walsh, publisher of The Longboat Observer 12 noon - Tommy Klauber, chef/proprietor of Pattigeorge’s 12:30 p.m. - Andrew Vac, owner of ReMax/Excellence • Food - An old-fashioned barbecue of hamburgers, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and of course, ice cream. Beer and soda will be sold also. This year, enjoy your barbecue lunch on picnic tables in beautiful and shady Bicentennial Park. • Vacation Giveaway - Republic Bank will have a drawing for a 3-day, 2-night vacation.

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Granddaughter graduates Annette Wolfgardt of Germany, granddaughter of Sieglinde Schwaiger of Longboat Key, graduated from high school this month. She went through three weeks of three-to fourhour tests each day. Either oral or written, they included subjects like geography, history, economics, German, Annette Wolfgardt English, French, Greek, Latin, mathematics, chemistry and physics. Wolfgardt passed with an overall score of 56 out of 55 points. “Wow,” said her proud grandmother.

Siblings excel academically James and Virginia Mazza, children of Joe and Mary Mazza of Longboat Key, made an impression during the 2002-2003 school year. James, “Jim,” who graduated from Bayshore High School May 24, was chosen by the teachers to be the speaker at the graduation ceremony. Desig- James Mazza nated as a Bright Scholars Academic Scholarship recipient, he will use this scholarship to attend The Honors Program at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He recently was nominated for the Golden Herald Virginia Mazza Award in the area of computer science. Additionally, he received the outstanding Social Studies Student award from Bayshore High School and a perfect score on the “Florida Writes” test.

Virginia, “Ginny,” who will be a senior at Bayshore High School during the 20032004 school year, recently received awards at the Bayshore Academic Banquet. She was presented with the Harvard Book Award and the Rensselaer Mathematics and Science Award. Longboat Key Commissioner Jeremy Whatmough presented the Harvard Book award to Virginia at the ceremony. The Mazza siblings work as camp counselors at Bayfront Park Recreation Center.

Ex-Longboater Hall-of-Famer David Bamford, of Sarasota, formerly of Longboat Key, was inducted into the Brooks School Athletic Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony held June 14 in North Andover, Mass. Bamford was honored for excelling in three varsity sports during his four years there. He received 12 varsity letters, a record that has not been equaled since. After Brooks, Bamford entered Harvard College (class of 1965) and then served in Vietnam. Family members, including his son, John David, and his seven brothers and sisters attended the awards luncheon. Bamford is the brother of Bobbie Banan and Edith Welch of Longboat Key.

USF alumni honored Tim Clarke of Longboat Key was named a Distinguished Alumni by the University of South Florida (USF) Manatee-Sarasota Chapter at a reception held May 15 in College Hall. The designation reflects “the outstanding contributions he has made to his profession, the university and the community.” There are 9,000 USF alumni in the Sarasota-Manatee area, 11 of whom were nominated for the award. Clarke received his MBA from USF in 1971. He is CEO of Clarke Advertising and Public Relations and the current chairman of the Greater Sarasota Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Stephen Horn and Beth Bowie were married May 12 on Little Palm Island.

Wedding vows exchanged Stephen Horn and Beth Bowie were married in a private ceremony May 12 on Little Palm Island. The groom is the son of Maureen and Stephen Horn, owners of Maureen’s Palm Grille on Longboat Key and Wildwood, N.J. The bride is the daughter of Fred and Mary Bowie, founder and owner of Mary Anne Bowie Urban Planners in Sarasota. The groom graduated from St. Stephen’s

Wedding bells Jean and Bill Buckley of Longboat Key announce the wedding of their daughter, Heather Leslie, to Nicholas Landry. He is the son of Liddie Landry of Spruce Pine, N.C. The couple honeymooned in the Cayman’s and will reside in Granite Falls, N.C., where Heather works as a physical therapist and Nick as an estate planner.

Student on dean’s list Vanessa Marie Gill of Longboat Key was named on the Dean’s List of Anderson University, Anderson, Ind., for the 20022003 academic year. ❑

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Services

From the pulpit

All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church, 563 Bay Isles Road, will offer Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist and Healing or Morning Prayer will be offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday. The Rev. Downs Spitler, interim rector, will officiate. 383-8161 St. Armands Key Lutheran Church, 40 N. Adams Drive, will hold a contemporary worship service at 9 a.m. (nursery available) and a traditional service at 11 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Eric P. Wogen will officiate. 3881234. St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 4280 Gulf of Mexico Drive, will hold Saturday Masses at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Daily Masses are held at 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. The Rev. Edward Pick is the pastor of the church. 383-1255. Temple Beth Israel, 567 Bay Isles Road. Friday Shabbat Service begins at 5:30 p.m. Saturday Shabbat Service begins at 10 a.m. Rabbi Michael Eisenstat will officiate at both services, assisted by Joseph Spinella, cantorial soloist/music director. 383-3428. The Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Worship services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m. Sundays (nursery available during the 10-a.m. service). The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister, will officiate. 383-6491.

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Religious life: the healthy choice There was a time in our culture when faith and science mixed about as well as oil and water. When it came to the healing of persons, those who promoted religious faith were confined primarily to the realm of God, ethics and the eternal welfare of the soul, while those in the medical and psychological fields focused on the body and the material dimensions of human existence. It is now being widely recognized in both fields that because of the vital connections that exist between spirit, mind and body that these disciplines must have a necessary relatedness. Consider the following documented research: In a Time Magazine article from June 1996, a poll reported that 82% of adult Americans said they believed in the healing power of personal prayer, 73% said they believed praying for someone else can help cure their illness, and 77% said they believed God sometimes intervenes to cure people who have a serious illness. What’s interesting is that after 100 years of sidelining this issue, science is now beginning to investigate the relationship between religious faith, wellness and healing. What’s surprising many scientists is that there does seem to be a strong connection. Even after eliminating factors such as lifestyle differences (with regard to use of alcohol, tobacco, etc.), the following relationships have emerged: One of the best predictors of survival among 232 heartsurgery patients studied was the degree to which they said they drew comfort and strength from religious faith. And those who reported being both religious and socially

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involved had a 14-fold advantage over those who were isolated and lacked faith. A study of 30 years of research on blood pressure showed that churchgoers have lower blood pressure than nonchurchgoers. Those who attend church regularly have half the risk of dying from coronary artery disease as those who rarely go to church. A study of 4,000 elderly living at home found that those who attend religious services are less depressed and physically healthier than those who don’t attend or worship at home. Rates of depression and anxiety-related illness are lower among the religiously committed. Non-churchgoers have a suicide rate four times higher than church regulars. Smokers who rated religion as being very important to them were one-seventh as likely to have an abnormal blood pressure reading as smokers who did not value religion. We can conclude that those with an active faith life will generally live more healthy and energetic lives. This is not because we have deserved a special divine blessing, but because “wholeness” of body is vitally connected to the wholeness of our spiritual lives. As you choose to attend the congregation of your choice this week, remember that you are making a choice for the “good life” in more ways than one.

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Jack Levine, 80, of Longboat Key, died June 27. He was born Sept. 28, 1922, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He retired from women’s apparel sales and marketing. He was a World War II Army veteran, receiving the Purple Heart. He was Jewish. His survivors include his wife, Lillian; daughters Ellen Braaf, of Reston, Va., and Laurie Dolson, of Oakton, Va.; son Martin, of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.; sister Rita Mankoff, of San Carlos, Calif.; and five grandchildren. Services will be private. Toale Brothers Funeral Home, Wilson Chapel, is in charge Memorial donations may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory Inc., 1600 Ken

Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236; or to The American Heart Association, P.O. Box 21475, St. Petersburg, FL 33742.

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William “Billy” Michael Maks, 53, of Longboat Key, died June 23. He was born on June 4, 1950, in Detroit. He was a boat mechanic and an Army veteran. He was Catholic. His survivors include his parents, Robert and June, of Sterling Heights, Mich.; sisters Kerry Turner, of Traverse City, Mich., and Mary Crume, of Utica, Mich.; and brother Robert E., of Shelby, Mich. No services are scheduled. The Good Earth Crematory, Bradenton Chapel, is in charge. Memorial donations may be made

Relma Elizabeth Geeding, 82, of Longboat Key, died June 27. She was born July 13, 1920, in Cass, W.Va. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian. Her survivors include her son, Donald, of Bradenton; sisters Nelva Phillips, of Baltimore, Sue Sites, of Franklin, W.Va., and Marie Laney, of California; a grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Toale Brothers Funeral Home, 912 53rd Ave. W., Bradenton. Service will follow.

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An umbrella the sun — reflections echo the sky in this view from the pool at the Umbrella House on a sunny day.

A Very Fine House

Photos by Marty Fugate

Modern style is coming back in style at Lido Shores. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Your house says a lot about you — in much the same way your clothes do. It can be rumpled and slovenly, crisp and neat, self-effacing or self-promoting. It can be a well-tailored suit — or a suit of armor. Judging by Gary and Carol Stover’s house, they’re a very modern couple. The place is open but also sheltering, confident but not boastful, outward looking, but inner directed. Located in Lido Shores, it’s an articulated two-story affair that breathes in light and air via wide-arrays of windows. Inside, the rooms

flow into each other; they subvert the very concept of what a room is. The low ceiling of the entryway opens up to the 17-foot-high glory of the interior living space. That bright, well-lit place has a step-down into a library/conversation pit. Up above there’s a walkway that doubles as a place to lounge about on a sunny afternoon and watch the world outside. Each step you take, every point you direct your eyes, offers a fresh point of view — a dramatic tada! effect. It is, among other things, a photographer’s dream. Taking a bad photograph is nearly impossible here. That’s no accident.

Above: A TV-free conversation and reading nook Top right: A bird’s eye view of the human-scaled living room

Architect Paul Rudolph (the spiritual granddaddy of the Sarasota School architects who came after him) designed it in 1953 as a demonstration home for developer Philip Hiss’ plans for the future of Lido Shores. In theory, prospective buyers who look at it, decide the future works, and ask Hiss to build them another along similar lines. The theory also held that the nation’s finest architectural magazines would also splash it on their front covers. Both predictions came true. Ironically, this house of the future is a historic structure known as the “Umbrella House” for a latticework sunshade that once extended from the house over the pool. Except for that “umbrella,” the Stovers have devoted their energies to restoring this vision of the future. Rudolph’s vision of the future still works. And, from the Stovers’ perspective, it’s still extremely livable. ❑

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al. Like any great artist, he stuck with a few basic rules when he created them. Working within rules, he found infinite variations in steel, glass and concrete. This excellent show is curated by Christopher Domin and Joseph King, the co-authors of the excellent book by the same title. It leads you in a progressive series of permutations on the theme of house, with the occasional public structure thrown in for good measure. The wall notes are intelligent and right-to-the-point. The finelymade models help you visualize the structures as they exist — or existed — in space. Ezra Stoller’s photographs are works of art in their own right, as are Rudolph’s crisp pen and ink renderings. That man could draw; not a line is wasted. You see that same economy in Rudolph’s buildings. You also see it in this no-nonsense exhibit in his honor. I find myself walking from house to house saying, “This is so cool. This is so cool.” Despite all my artspeak, that’s really the best way to put it.

‘No Brakes’ • Art Center Sarasota through July 12 I’m happy to report that the future of architecture is not a thing of the past. This exhibit proves it’s alive and well, at least in the minds of a few area architects and interns. Admittedly its buildings are built in imagination and CAD programs, and not in stone. But imagination is where it starts. Normally, the real world isn’t always kind to an architect’s imagination. Clients say no. Bosses say no. The dead hand of building codes says — well, whatever it says, you’re safe if you assume it says no in advance. In this exhibit coordinated by areabased architect James Bowen, the answer was yes in advance. Participants were told to take the brakes off: Design a 2,000-square-foot home. That’s it, the only design constraint. Other than that, the sky’s the limit. This exhibit represents the best Paul Rudolph, the overdressed architect whose buildings were dressed for Florida

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Shores recalls the time Rudyard Kipling created a summertime sensation in New York City by walking down the street in shorts, a short sleeve shirt and a pith helmet. Taking the Florida climate into account when you build in Florida is only common sense. This exhibit is filled with some of Rudolph’s most inventive design solutions: There’s his design for Sarasota High School (now obscured from sight by an insulting row of trees) with its interesting rhythm of exterior suspended panels to create shade. His “Cocoon House,” that borrowed from Southern vernacular architecture with one hand and the U.S. military with the other, to create a cantilevered structure overhanging a river with the graceful catenary arch of its steel-strap suspended roof above it. His “Hook Guest House” has a graceful, waveform vaulted roof, the roof structure extending out from the house on supporting beams to create shade, sure, but also to project the identity of the house out into the surrounding environment. Air-conditioning had been invented

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of the blue-sky answers in submissions by members of the Florida Gulf Coast Chapter of the AIA. Interestingly, most of the architects imposed rules on themselves. (Again, as Chuck Jones reminds us, in rules and limitations there is freedom.) Andrew Hryniewicz created “Bob’s Cob Cottage.” It’s a pleasantly rounded structure, intelligently designed for cross-ventilation, that reminds you of something you’d see in a dude ranch. Hryniewicz’ selfimposed constraint: Build an earth-friendly structure. This is as earth-friendly as it gets — it’s largely made out of rammed earth. Joel May’s “”Live Work Foundary” is a proposal for a combined studio and residence for an artist and his child in downtown Sarasota. May deliberately limited himself to a very narrow site. He also, cleverly, offsets the grid of the buildings from the axis of the street at about a 30-degree angle,

If a bridge can do it, why not a house? — Boyan Guran’s “A Bridge Evolved” instead of making it all dead-parallel to the road, the safe and by-the-numbers approach. Brad Gaubatz’ “Kinetic” is actually two designs for the needs of two different kinds of people. One house is aggressively open and outer-directed, a habitation for worldclass consumers who like to throw parties. There’s also a home for a quieter, more

James Piatchuk’s “Previous” defies gravity with grace. inward couple, a basket-weave structure not sealing out the world but distancing it, a self-contained place of books and meditation within. Boyan Guran’s “A Bridge Evolved” is a cunning iteration of rounded rectilinear forms, using the same technology that’s going into the new John Ringling Causeway. James Piatchuk’s “Previous” and Andreas Paul Miller’s “Under-Wood” both recall Rudolph’s inventiveness with cantilever structures and new forms of roofing. Lou Shneider’s “Pinwheel” is a neat study in the design of a practical, low cost townhouse. James Bowen, Andy Eggebrecht and David Young’s “Sexy Crib” is a fitting home for a super model who lives with her 12year-old daughter, an artistically included, internationally exhibited artistic prodigy.

The multi-level structure is a study in balance. Social and presentation spaces for the adult mixes with private, nurturing spaces for the child. The house also balances inner and outer worlds. It’s built in and around an undisturbed patch of natural Florida; its copious windows let that world in. Javi Suarez’ “@Home” takes advantage of all the bleeding-edge tech he can get his hands on, from wireless “Wi-fi” to walls that become transparent or opaque at the flick of a button. If a James Bond villain came to town, chances are he’d live there. A floating glass cube form ringed by sculptural cube forms at the edges of a Cartesian grid, Michael Epstein’s “Residence” is a beautiful meditation on inside and outside space. In “41 Split,” Jose Miranda and Katice Helinski created a home for an inveterate loner who likes to pace endlessly — it’s basi-

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When she was bad she was horrid Ibsen’s hateful heroine comes to life on stage. BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler” was a heady mix of psychological insight and social commentary. Revolutionary, yes. But its story was straight out of the Brothers Grimm ... Once upon a time there was a rich and powerful general who died and left Theater behind a beautiful “Hedda Gabler” daughter named The Banyan Theater Hedda Gabler Company (Tessie Hogan). Hedda was a free Reviewed June 27 spirit. She danced and partied and defied social convention and fell in love with a potential genius and actual drunk (V Craig Heidenreich). One day, she became weary of his drunkenness and threatened to blow his brains out. He fled. Her prospects for marriage somewhat diminished, she settled on a bookworm professor (Matt Bradford Sullivan) who liked to catalogue things, which is what he did on their six-month honeymoon trip. Hedda was bored to tears. In her own land, the drunk sobered up and became an actual genius who wrote a brilliant book with the help of the sheriff’s beautiful but bubble-headed blonde wife (Crislyn V’Soske), whom he didn’t love but went to bed with. After that, with more help from the blonde he wrote an even more brilliant book that astonished all who read it. Soon after, Hedda returned and he stumbled back into her life. He asked her to come away with him. She would not, though she felt trapped and unhappy, for she feared the opinions of others and lacked the courage to defy them. And in her heart, she was jealous and full

of hate. To Hedda, the book was like the child of the genius drunk and the dim blonde. That same night, she tricked the genius into getting drunk. He soon lost the manuscript. It came into Hedda’s hands and she burned it. Knowing nothing of this, the genius was broken-hearted and thought the fault was all his own. Hedda gave him one of her father’s pistols and told him to kill himself. He did. Hedda had had her revenge — or so she thought. But the blonde and Hedda’s husband decided to recreate the book from the dead genius’ notes. Hedda could say nothing, for an evil landlord (Howard Elfman) had her in his power. And so she killed herself. The end — but of course the ending was obvious from the start. Ibsen’s play has the logic and power of a folk tale. Everything works to lead you to the end of the tale. Checkov once said that if you have a shotgun over the mantelpiece in the first act, you’d darn well better fire it in the second. Here, every thought, word, and gesture is a loaded gun. When the actual guns go off, it’s no surprise. But that’s not the point. The iron folk-tale logic takes your mind off any notion of suspense. Unless you’re exceedingly dim, you already know what’s going to happen. Your attention shifts to the psychological states of the characters, amber-trapped in events as they are. The effect (to borrow Joyce’s borrowed phrase) is pity and terror. But this only works if you see the characters as trapped — Hedda Gabler especially. Twenty-first century women, at least in the Northern Hemisphere, have more

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Matt Bradford Sullivan, Melliss Kenworthy and Tessie Hogan (seated) in “Hedda Gabler” choices than she did. A modern woman in her situation would be there by choice; which would make choices in the second act the acts of pure evil. At the end of the 19th century, Hedda really thinks her only choices are a lifetime of mind-numbing boredom or acts of suicidal insanity. Her choices are acts of desperation, not evil — though it’s a very fine line, and Ibsen certainly isn’t excusing or approving what she does. Gil Lazier handled the heavy material without heavy-handedness. Hogan plays the part of spoiled-rich brat turned wicked witch without being obviously hateful; she convinces you that, once upon a time, she really was charming and fun to be with. Heidenreich does a fine turn as a genius on the road to destruction, all bottled up fire

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and unsaid thoughts. V’Soske breaks your heart as a simple soul without a clue as to whom she’s playing. Elfman is understatedly creepy as a corrupt judge, rotten landlord and wannabe cock of the walk. Sullivan is credible as the not-entirely blameless nerd. Meliss Kenworthy plays the self-sacrificing Christian aunt without being saccharine. You also get the feeling that all that self-sacrifice makes her a bit of an enabler. Verna Safran is amusing as the nervous rabbit maid who does her best to stay out of everybody’s way — and you’ve got to figure Ibsen finds fault for that too. Nobody’s blameless here. “Hedda Gabler” is hard to take, not only because bad things happen to people, not only because you see it coming, but also because there are no clear, moral fault lines. Hedda’s a murderer, but the husband’s complicit for thinking he could buy a woman’s love — and deluding himself into thinking she loved him when she obviously didn’t. The blonde is to blame — well, I could go on but you get the idea. Even the innocents aren’t innocent. It’s the way life is, at least sometimes, which is very much like some dark, bloody folk tale. After Hedda kills herself, the judge says, “People don’t do such things.” But the truth is people do. An angry scientist mails a letter filled with anthrax and gets a child to write the address on it so it can’t be traced. A young nurse parks her car in her garage with a homeless man sticking out of the windshield and lets him bleed to death. Two teenagers on an overpass drop a rock on a woman’s car and kill her. It happens all the time. That’s life. Once upon a time, Ibsen had the guts to write about it. Kudos to the Banyan Theater Company for having the guts to present it. ❑


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Tales for sale from the old country Three tales for the price of one by the author of ‘Fiddler on the Roof ’ BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Faulkner had his Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi; Spike Milligan explored the charming, if deranged, Irish village of Puckoon. Sholom Aleichem had a mythical Jewish settlement in 1870s Russia. Some of his tales about that village made Theater it into “Fiddler on the Roof,” but “The World of many of them didn’t. As the title Sholom Aleichem” of this play implies, it was a world unto itself. The Players Theatre The play starts with Mendele Reviewed June 29 the book peddler trying to interest you in his pushcart full of literature. To whet your appetite, he tells you three of Sholom Aleichem’s tales that never made it into “Fiddler.” “A Tale of Chelm” is a charming look at a village that doesn’t have an idiot because it’s entirely made up of idiots. (A low-flying angel once accidently dropped an entire sack of

foolish souls there.) The Melamed (Len Rubinstein), one of the more idiotic of these idiots, becomes the victim of a practical joke concerning a goat of seemingly variable gender. “Bontche Schweig” looks at the most downtrodden, longsuffering man who ever lived (Anthony Busciglio), a man who out-Jobed Job and endured unbelievable torments without complaining. Up in heaven, the aggressive prosecuting attorney angel can think of nothing bad to say about him. God welcomes him in warmly and says he can have whatever he wants. Bontche wants only a roll with butter on it. His expectations are low. “The High School” is the most autobiographical of the tales and reflects some of the author’s struggles in educating himself and transcending the prejudice and institutional inequalities imposed on Jews in Czarist Russia. Here, a struggling couple (Len Rubinstein and Dianne Brin) move heaven and earth to get their brilliant son (Bruce Markle) into a normal Russian high school, which imposed severe quotas on the numbers of Jews they would take. The parents hire a tutor, pay bribes and ultimately travel the country. In the end, their son is admitted in a school that allows Jews to enter, if each brings a Gentile with him. In practical terms, this meant

tutoring and paying for the other child. They do this for their child’s best friend, the son of a shoemaker. Once the two are admitted, they promptly go on strike. They’re part of a new generation that doesn’t believe in quotas, bribery and the lack of free public education. The parents are initially floored but ultimately, despite all their hard work and self-sacrifice, go along with it. They’re willing to risk it all for the chance of making a better future. It’s too bad things turned out the way they did in Russia. Carole Kleinberg’s direction of the three tales stays close to their legendary roots, and then turns more realistic for the final tale about the struggling scholar. The actors all did fine turns as warm-hearted people putting up with things that, today, we wouldn’t even dream of. It’s not quite Kafka, but it’s not sugarcoated in sentimentality either. The jokes and nostalgia are always tinged with pain. This play looks back fondly at the people of this time, how strong and good hearted they are, and how much they had to go through. There’s no hint of a desire that either the original author or the playwright who adapted his stories would ever want to go through that all again. But the three tales for sale here are well worth the price. ❑

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Rudele awakening BY MARTY FUGATE Arts and Entertainment Writer

Aunt Rudele knows exactly what’s wrong with you. She’ll tell you, whether you like it or not. Pointing out your faults is something she likes very much indeed; it makes Theater her giggle. You “Aunt Rudele at the should enjoy it too. Family Reunion” She’s only trying to help you. Florida Studio Theatre Rudele is a perCabaret sona created by the Previewed June 20 gifted Nate Jacobs in his recent one-man show. The premise is that she’s dropping psychological bombs on all the other relatives at her family reunion. (For the sake of clarity and sanity, I will refer to his Aunt Rudele character as “she.”) This character starts complaining from the second she hits the stage. She has a knack for putting everybody else in the wrong. Her unseen longsuffering husband Hubert forgot to remind her to bring her medication (she forgot it, but this makes it his fault); her niece Martella took too long in opening the door; there’s a bad smell in the house, etc. This auntie entity is an odd blend of passive aggressive and just plain aggressive. There are times when she’ll attack you by painting herself as the wounded party. There are other

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times when she’ll just attack you. She’s also what someone once called a “thumbscrew Christian.” Every attack comes with a justification from the Good Book, a chapter and verse with your name on it. In her hands, the Bible is a concealed weapon. There’s probably a version of Aunt Rudele in every family on the planet. But Jacobs’ characterization is also very specific. His auntie-ego is not merely black; she’s rooted in the black experience of a definite place and time. (You gather that Aunt Rudele grew up in an upper middle class, religious black family somewhere in north Florida in the 1950s.) Her obsession with relatives, medication, fried chicken and guilt manipulation are also deeply Southern. And if you think she’s some mere stereotype, you’re fooling yourself. There are millions of them out there. Jacobs does a razor-sharp characterization of this hard-hitting woman. It doesn’t feel like you’re looking at some guy who’s playing her. It feels as if the woman has suddenly appeared on stage. As a character study of a psychological bully, his performance (and the script behind it) are brilliant. As comedy, it’s laugh-out-loud funny. As a play ... well, it isn’t quite a play. But you want it to be. Most astonishing of all: Aunt Rudele really thinks she’s a good person. She’s constantly reminding you of this fact, saying things like,

story about how God blessed him with new tires for his truck. Because she quotes him word for word, she does exactly the same thing. She just doesn’t get it. It’s funny. But there are times Aunt Rudele hits a little too close to home, especially if you’ve ever had one in your family. She’s so real that it’s hard to keep laughing at Jacobs’ funny material. The more you pay attention, the more you realize it’s not entirely funny. I keep expecting some sort of dramatic opposition to raise the stakes. The young black musician from L.A. tells her, “I don’t play that.” Her husband finally stands up to her and has his say. Her hostility, and all that bad cholesterol from all those years of accumulated fried chicken, finally do a number on her heart when she’s in mid-tirade. But not tonight. Jacobs has created a very real (though real unpleasant) person in Aunt Rudele. Reflected in the distorted funhouse mirror of her perception, you also see a very believable family. He’s obviously thought long and hard about what makes Aunt Rudele tick. I wouldn’t be surprised if he turns his mordant character sketch into something more in the future. For now, you can expect to laugh until your sides hurt. While you’re laughing, bear one thought in mind ... It’s not just a funny play. ❑

Nate Jacobs as “Aunt Rudele” “Hubert thinks I’m too hard on people, but that’s just the way I come off. Deep down inside, I’m just a big marshmallow.” She also knows that you’re not a good person. She reminds you of this too, with suitable justification from scripture. She thinks she’s on the side of the angels. The truth is, she’s not so good. Rudele’s the kind of person who can do some serious damage. The damage is done on purpose; the best defense is an offense, after all. The Bible quotes are merely an excuse to disarm you, after which she cuts you to the heart. When she’s not doing that, she’s preaching forgiveness and telling you to take the log from your eye before removing the mote from hers. She’ll rebuke her Uncle Ted for dragging out the blessing before the meal with a shaggy-dog

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The Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “The Volunteer Show” features volunteers through August, in the Glen Gallery; “A Toast to the Future” toasts art’s next generation through July, at the Joan M. Durante Pavilion. 383-2345. Museum of Asian Art — “Focus: Asia.” Rare Asian photography is in focus through Sept. 5. 954-7117. South Florida Museum — “Paul Rudolph: The Florida Houses.” Recognizing our area’s genius who redefined modernist architecture through August. 746-4131. Art Center Sarasota — “No Brakes” showcases breakthrough designs for 19 theoretical homes created by area architects and interns, through July 12. 365-2032. Art League of Manatee County — “New Eye Photography.” The art of the camera’s eye is in view through July 28. 746-2862.

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Selby Gallery at Ringling School of Art and Design — “Multiple Visions IV: The History of Art Making in Sarasota.” This exhibit explores our area’s leading visual artists from 1975 to the present through July 25. 359-7563. The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art — “Sacred Treasures: Early Italian Paintings from Southern Collections.” The early Renaissance is reborn through Aug. 10. 359-5700.

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Van Wezel — Lonestar. The popular country band performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Tickets are $62 and $50. Call 953-3368 or 1-800-826-9303.

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Banyan Theater Company — “‘Hedda Gabler.” Ibsen’s walk on the dark side continues through July 13, at the Mildred Sainer Pavilion at New College. 358-5330. Florida Studio Theatre — “Oil City Symphony” explores a ’60s garage band’s reunion, through July 5. 366-9000. The Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret Club — “Aunt Rudele at the Family Reunion.” Nate Jacobs wrote and stars in this tale of relative insanity playing at 8 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, July 3 and 5. 366-9000. Players Theatre — “The World of Sholom Aleichem.” Featuring three tales by the Yiddish storyteller of “Fiddler on the Roof” fame through July 6. 365-2494. Golden Apple Dinner Theatre — “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” features the Bible according to Webber and Rice from Monday, July 1, through August. 366-5454 or 1-800-652-0920. CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE

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Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinema — “Man on the Train.” A teacher and a thief trade their lives to cheat their destinies. 955-FILM.

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Community Music School — “2003 Summer Music Camp.” Offering in-depth music instruction for kids and teenagers through Aug. 1. Individual music lessons are also available for all ages in piano, violin, guitar, other instruments and voice. 953-4410.

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Longboat Key Center for the Arts — “Summer Art Camp for Kids.” Kids learn the secrets of self expression in ongoing two-day sessions from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m on Mondays and Tuesdays. Abigail Akers teaches “Kids ’N Klay.” Robin Rhodes explores “Theater Arts for Children.” For ages 6 through 12. 383-2345. Sarasota Youth Opera Workshop — this six-week workshop covers both appreciation and application for ages 8 to 18. Still accepting applications. 366-8450. Art Center Sarasota — “Creative Kids Summer Art Camp.” Offering weekly sessions in drawing, painting, sculpture and more all summer long. 365-2032.

Sarasota Ballet of Florida — “International Summer School.” Noted dance masters teach this intensive fourweek training program, from June 30 through July 26. Classes will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 359-0099, Ext. 102. Florida Studio Theatre School — “Performing Arts Camp.” Offering training in acting, music, dance and improv for kids and teens ages 5 through 17. Also providing adult drama classes. 366-1350. The Players — “Performing Arts School.” Providing training in the lively arts for both kids and adults. 365-2494. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10B

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Ringling School of Art and Design — “Summer Art Teen Studios.” One- and two-week sessions explore art and design both in and out of the computer through July 18. 955-8866. McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre — “Kids Comedy Camp.” Hilarity is in session from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 14 through 19. For ages six through 12.955-8866. Beads F.O.B. — offering all sorts of beading classes for students at all levels. 349-9329. Women’s Resource Center — classes in art, yoga, computers and more. 366-1700. Sarasota School of Glass — ongoing classes in the arts of glass. 955-3839. Adult Ballet Classes — a user-friendly class for mature exdancers. 779-1108. The Education Center on Longboat Key — “Fall Classes.” Fall falls sooner than you think! Plan ahead and call to be mailed its new schedule. 383-8811.

‘Tropical Fourth of July’ This annual celebration of patriotism, pyrotechnics and plantlife takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Along with a splendid view of the fireworks over Sarasota Bay, there’ll be a patriotic concert by the Sarasota Concert Band, an “All-American” cookout, and a series of vintage outdoor family games. Prizes will be awarded to the best patriotic attire. Tickets are $15 for Selby Gardens members and $20 for non-members; kids under 12 get in free. Call 366-5731 to find out more. A “Tropical Fourth of July” at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

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Banyan Theatre Company will be performing “Rough Crossing,” Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Wodehouse’s “The Play’s the Thing,” from 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, through Aug. 3, at New College’s Sainer Pavilion. Set in the ’30s, this high seas screwball comedy looks at a theatrical troupe fine-tuning its latest Broadway smash on a trip across the Atlantic. Somewhere west of the Azores, its potential hit threatens to smash into a million pieces due to shipboard infidelities. The clever playwright within the fiction works to smooth things over and the lines between fiction and reality become blurred. (It’s exactly what you might expect when the clever fellow who wrote the fiction is the playwright of “Travesties,” the screenwriter of “Shakespeare in Love,” and one of the screenwriters for “Brazil.”) To find out more, call 358-5330.

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Virtuoso performers dazzle virtuoso audience Saturday, June 21, and it’s still raining. But this is too good a program to duck out on: a trio of concertos — one for horn by Mozart, a rarely performed piece for clarinet and orchestra by Françaix, and my all-time favorite, the Bruch “Scottish Fantasy,” for violin and orchestra. The orchestra, made up of students attending the Sarasota Music Festival, is in place and horn player David Jolley is coming onto the stage. Conductor Paul Wolfe joins him, lifts his arms and the Mozart Concerto #4 in E-flat, K.495 begins. Jolley is just that tonight, dancing with his horn and showing an amazing range of dynamics, from an astonishing pianissimo to a ringing forte. I hope his students are paying attention to what their mentor is doing with this concerto. Jolley has a way of putting life into a long note so it’s never static. That’s so important in music. And he manages it all with a neat, stylish and enthusiastic sound that makes this tricky concerto sound like a piece of cake. I notice that Jolley holds his horn as if it were a beautiful woman, dancing with her and whispering sweet music in her ear. But

he has a sense of humor, too. He gives a nod and a wink to Richard Strauss as he inserts a theme from “Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks.” It’s right in style, because Strauss named his Opus 28, “After the Old-fashioned Roguish Manner: in the Rondo Form.” Where better to bring in the horn players’ nemesis than in a Mozart concerto’s rondo? It’s nice to know the Sarasota audience got the joke and laughed with him. This is a virtuoso playing for a virtuoso audience. Next at bat: Charles Neidich in the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra by Jean Françaix. This is a fun and fantastical piece filled with zippy tunes and tricks of the tongue for the soloist. Neidich, one of the best clarinetists in the business, seems to have this music in his blood. He’s clowning and dancing with the freedom that only a super virtuoso can afford to display. Françaix may be pure 20th century (he was born in 1912 and died just six years ago) but he knows how to entertain. His sound is tinted with other Frenchmen’s music: Satie, Milhaud and Poulenc, for example. But his humor is impish and Françaix inspires belly laughs rather than chuckles.

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Jean Françaix, a seriously funny composer I have to wonder whether Neidich finds it as amusing as we do. He certainly puts on a fine face of fun, but this is difficult stuff. He may dance with it but that incredibly long passage in the third movement in which he uses circular breathing, must really wear him out. Still, he has an innate flair for fun and mischief that carries him through like a pied piper. Max Bruch is primarily a 19th-century composer. His works for violin are passionate and romantic. And his “Scottish Fantasy” brims with color from the opening darkness of the land to the bouncy folk tunes. Although the orchestra and Paul

Wolfe gave this fantasy all the right touches, James Buswell didn’t. This is a work on which Michael Rabin and, more recently, Joshua Bell have made indelible virtuosic stamps. But Buswell’s playing was disconnected and detached. He missed the nuances and sexiness of the piece and his constant meandering around the stage, in and out of the spotlight, was disconcerting. It’s just as important to “play” through the rests as it is to play the notes. Buswell doesn’t seem to know that. Still, it was wonderful to hear these three concertos in one sitting. The students — especially the ensemble’s flutist in the Françaix — should take some extra bows for the beautiful work they did throughout. And Paul Wolfe should be hugged for his outstanding programming. One more note: Administrative Director RoseAnne McCabe, whose pregnancy became a conversation piece among festival audiences, gave birth to Madelyn Lisa Helperin on her due date, June 26. June LeBell is best known as the first female announcer for the classical radio station WQXR in New York. LeBell was also the host, writer and producer of numerous programs and series such as "Today in New York," "Salute to the Arts" and "The Sound of Broadway." ❑

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DINING

Dining out

The Waterfront worthy of vacation status dining-destination “vacation.” No packing necessary; just wear your cool island attire. (A little bug spray might help, too.) Sunglasses are required and so is your appetite. You don’t even need a full tank of gas. Just gather your map of the islands, and head toward The Waterfront on Anna Maria. The traveling part of this vacation is simple — and scenic. Just follow the Gulf to the tip of Anna Maria Island. Then turn right and head toward the beautiful bayfront where the striking skyline of the Skyway Bridge and St. Petersburg shimmer in the distance. Head south on Bay Boulevard until you sight the quaint cottage with aquatic blue colors that stripe across the old wood paneling. You have arrived at your historic destination. The Waterfront is one of the oldest buildings on the island, surviving both floods and hurricanes. Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the island ambiance. I recommend you get an outside table on the deck — there’s no extra charge for the splendid view. Although, if a little heat and humidity aren’t high on your list, then an inside table is the perfect choice for you. After getting settled, you should chart out your entertainment for the evening with a chilled

glass of wine. If you need help with planning, don’t worry, The Waterfront’s polite and educated employees are willing to accommodate you in every way. If you are the active, energetic explorer type, who isn’t afraid to get dirty, The Waterfront has a great starting activity — the Fire and Ice. Peel Key West pink shrimp steamed in beer and spices (served hot or cold) and then dip them in a zesty cocktail sauce. You’ll savor every juicy bite. The restaurant offers the option of a half pound, or a full pound for the extra-zealous peel ’n eaters! If laying low is your ideal vacation vision, maybe a bowl of Bimini Bay Lobster Bisque better suits you. Either way, both are bold beginnings for your island adventure. Choosing what do next is the hard part, because the options are limitless — fish, shellfish, steaks, poultry and pasta. The restaurant even has island favorites for those who favor a lighter fare, but seafood is The Waterfront’s specialty and that’s what we recommend. All the entrées are package deals that include a house or Caesar salad, wild rice or baked potato, and fresh seasonal vegetables. These three “vacation” plans may entice you. If you have a sweet, but spicy side, Salmon Christopher is your catch. It is a light dish, but has a real kick to it. The 8ounce filet of salmon is blackened with a spicy seasoning, but sweetened with a serendipitous strawberry salsa. You will enjoy it so much, you won’t realize it’s gone ’til the last bite! For those who want a little more on their plate, I suggest the Scallops Milan. Start with the house salad of fresh romaine lettuce, cucumbers, onion and cherry tomatoes seasoned with a tart tomato and basil dressing. Blue cheese crumbles add extra smooth and rich flavor to the salad. Then move onto bigger and better things with a large bowl of languid linguini. This dish contains buttery sea scallops, along with

by Kate WALSH

You can catch a meal any time of day at The Waterfront on Anna Maria. The summer is always a great time to take advantage of the islands’ slower pace. Work is less frantic, the kids are out of school, the snowbirds have left, and traffic has subsided. You’re thinking about a vacation — something to take you away from your repetitive schedule and similar scene. Yet, there are so many vacation-worthy destinations within our area that it seems silly to travel beyond the boundaries of our own beautiful beaches. So, here’s a suggestion for a one-evening,

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111 Bay Blvd. S. Anna Maria Island • 778-1515 Cuisine: Island specialties. Recommended: Fire and Ice; Salmon Christopher, Scallops Milan and lobster cakes; white chocolate macadamia cheesecake. Price ranges: Appetizers, soup and salads from $3.29 to $16.99; entrées from $9.99 to $21.99; dessert from $3.99 to $4.49. Service: Entertaining and effervescent. Hours: Open everyday. Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m.; lunch from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Credit cards: All major cards accepted. Parking: Bayfront parking. Handicapped access: OK.

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capers, Kalamata olives and artichoke hearts. The bold salty ingredients don’t overpower the creamy white wine garlic sauce. Full of flavor, Scallops Milan is an acquired taste for the avid adventurer. For those who like relaxing comfort, but with a unique touch, Lobster Cakes are the way to go. These two large cakes packed with tender, fresh Maine lobster meat are daringly delicious. Because of the lobster meat, the cakes aren’t mealy and gritty like many crab cakes can be. With the extra sides of warm wild rice and fresh seasoned veggies, Lobster Cakes are something you have to try before leaving the Waterfront. Your dining-destination vacation won’t be complete without delving into dessert. You may have explored the depths of dinner, but your dessert will decide if you are destined to come back. One bite of the

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Hands-on Greek grub BY EMILY WALSH Black Tie Editor

The menu included a quote from “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”: “Nicko! Don’t play with food. When I was your age, I didn’t have food!” But there was plenty of food at Pattigeorge’s first interactive dinner, “Explore the Greek Islands,” on Thursday, June 26. Chef Tommy Klauber led a big, fat crowd through a threecourse Greek dinner, prepared by the guests themselves at their own tables. The crowd got flambouyant as they flambéd the first course of fresh head on shrimp with leafy greens, lemon, Ouzo, oregano and feta cheese. Then Klauber guided guests through a Greek peasant dish of medallions of lamb tenderloin with chickpeas, tomato, garlic sausage, Kalamata olives and fresh fennel. Finally, the crowd got a little saucy while creating a delectable dessert — summer fig and apricot compote with red wine-honey syrup atop almond ice cream. Yummy! ❑ Julia McClung sizzles as she stirs.

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Blake Barrie has fun as he flambés.

Chef Tommy Klauber laughs as he leads the way.

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MARINA BAY - Gorgeous Bay & City views. this 3BR, 3382 sq. ft. condo has been beautifully maintained, lives like a home with private elevator lobby, his & her master bath and wonderful floor plan. $1,295,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES - This 3BR home is located w/sunny southern exposure shining all day on the pool & spa! Beautiful light and bright canal front hone with a dock. Offer turnkey furnished. $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

WHITEMARSH AT LAKEWOOD RANCH Designer furnished courtyard home with an endless list of upgrades!! Beautiful pool plus paver patio. Guest house with pool bath makes having company a pleasure. Golf Course view and more! $689,900 SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950 UNOBSTRUCTED BAY VIEWS - Queens Harbour home with gorgeous views of the Bay from the master, living and dining rooms. This 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings and a 28 ft. Sea Ray included. $1,850,000 HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

ROBERTS POINT, SIESTA KEY - Great Boating waters plus dock with lift await you at this beautiful 3BR/4BA home. Nearly 3,000 sq. ft. of luxury living all on a fabulous treed lot in one of Sarasota’s finest neighborhoods! $1,490,000 SYLVIA ZIMMERMAN 552-3950

GRANDE RIVIERA SARASOTA’S ULTIMATE POINTE OF VIEW - Private enclave of 13 luxurious residences on the tip of Golden Gate Point! Unparalleled panoramic views and private boat docks available. 2,651 - 5,837 square feet. Priced from: $1,525,000 to $4,300,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 552-2669 LONGBEACH VILLAGE - Great corner unit only used by owners. Superb ocean views - perfect sun angle. Sprinklers, remodeled kitchen and office/den, newer appliances & A/C. A true value in today’s market. $459,000. WADE HAWLEY 552-3988 RESIDENCES AT RITZ CARLTON - Beautiful Northern bay views from every room. Spectacular 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz Monte Carlo. $1,390,000 CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

SAILBOAT WATER - Fabulous 3BR home, tiled floors, split floor plan, French doors lead to large southern exposure caged pool and lanai. Updated kitchen with breakfast nook, new dock, and short walk to the beach! $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 GOLDEN GATE POINT - Brand new - never occupied over 2100 sq ft. 3BR/3BA/2CG. Fabulous full bay views from this waterfront condo. Priced at $899,900 CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

PROMENADE - Fabulous views of the Gulf from this 2BR southern facing Promenade condo. Featuring topof-the-line amenities. Security, concierge, exercise rooms and a terrific pool area. $649,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136

RITZ CARLTON RESIDENCES - Situated on the 18th floor, this magnificent “Penthouse” crowns the spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” unit with 4,965 sq ft living area envelopes two terraces overlooking the marina, features 3 bedrooms, den, library and 3-1/2 baths. Residents may take advantage of the impeccable personal “round-the-clock” professional hotel staff. $5,500,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 BIRD KEY - Spacious garden home, 3 bedrooms, 3 baths with family room, workshop and bonus room. Large pool area and beautifully landscaped. Close to downtown and “the circle”. $685,000. HOYT BEATY/MARTY BENSON 552-3989

INN ON THE BEACH - Never in rental program, totally renovated and beautifully remodeled. Two bedrooms, two baths with fabulous beach views. A truly exceptional opportunity to own at the key’s finest resort. $1,100,000. CHERYL M. LOEFFLER 387-1707 PROMENADE - Stunning City skyline and bay to Gulf views! This southwest 5th floor, double entry doors, split two-bedroom is turnkey furnished. Gated beachfront with every imaginable amenity..fitness center, tennis, clubrooms, concierge, large pool. $749,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966

INN ON THE BEACH - Opportunity Knocks – This is the perfect opportunity to own a 2BR furnished suite in a luxury turn key resort! Use it as your own personal family retreat or join the on-site rental program. The choice is yours. The opportunity is a rare find at $499,000. JERRY THOMPSON 552-3966 VIZCAYA - The ultimate perfectly decorated and appointed penthouse condo..maximized views in an elegant estate enclave of only thirty-one residences. Two car garage. $2,695,000. CHERYL LOEFFLER 387-1707

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WATER CLUB w/FULL GULF VIEWS - This is a 3,000 + sq. ft. true 3BR, LBK condo with absolutely stunning gulf, bay and sunset views. This location in the building is one of the best w/2 deeded parking spaces included. Fabulous world-class amenities & clubhouse, security & concierge. $1,650,000. HANNERLE MOORE 387-8136 BAY ISLES - HARBORSIDE - A double cul-de-sac lot with 400 feet of sea wall and protected dockage. Dramatic open bay views. Quality construction in this stunning California contemporary home. An enormous entertainment deck with 50x20 heated pool adjoining a 50 x 6 lap pool. A stunning estate of unparalleled quality. $4,995,000. MARLENE AND HAL LIBERMAN 387-1759

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An old-fashioned Freedom Fest, the old-fashioned 4th of July parade and celebration planned and presented by the Longboat Key Chamber of Commerce for Friday, is in its second year (see page 1A and 20A for details). But, it’s not a new idea for the chamber, it’s a revival. Back in 1981, the chamber hosted “An Old-fashioned Fourth of July.” The last was held just 20 years ago in 1983. Then, a parade formed on the north end of the Key, with Sal Chiefari as grand marshall leading representatives from the Boy Scouts, the American Legion, the Sarasota Shriners, the Longboat Key Kiwanis Club, and floats from Cannons Marina, the Buccaneer Inn, the Beach Owners’ Association, Save our Bays, the Longboat Key Holiday Inn, the Longboat Key Hilton and assorted condos. “They claim that it was all a ‘Chinese circus,’ but chaos or not, everyone had great time,” it was reported in the

July 9, 1981, issue of The Longboat Observer. Once the parade ended at the Longboat Beach Club, participants and others met on the beach where 20 tents purchased by local groups were set up. The most popular of the tents was reported to be the one housing the beer, soft drinks, hotdogs and hamburgers. Desserts were provided by Longboat Key churches. A Dixieland band provided musical entertainment, kids enjoyed pony rides and a shell treasure hunt and sandcastle contest were conducted. And then a crowd of — can you believe this? — 5,000 people awaited the fireworks. “The surprising thing was the number of children who appeared and no one knows where they or their parents came from,” The Longboat Observer remarked. It was reported that the fireworks lacked some “boom,” but there was plenty of patriotic spirit. Some things never change. ❑

The pictures above appeared in the July 1981 and 1983 issues of The Longboat Observer.


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L’AMBIANCE 360˚ Virtual View Casual elegance in beach front residence w/private stairs to the beach & pool area - open design & many unique architectural features. $3,450,000.

RITZ CARLTON TOWER Breathtaking views, fabulous floorplan and full concierge services. This residence features a private elevator lobby, grand foyer, luxurious master suite and spacious terrace. Includes a membership to the Members Club at The Ritz Carlton proposed Beach/Spa Club. $1,465,000. On the 18th floor, this magnificant “Penthouse” Residence is one of the most desirable. The spectacular tower, the “Beausoleil” residence has 4,965 sq. ft. living area plus two terraces overlooking the marina & city. $5,500,000. Beautiful Northern Bay views from every room. 2 bedrooms and den. Enjoy world class amenities atop the Ritz. Monte Carlo $1,390,000. WATER CLUB Breathtaking views of the gulf, Sarasota Bay, and the skyline from this 9th floor Dover plan, The best of the best on the desirable south side of Water Club II $2,795,000.

GRAND BAY Private corner in the newest Grand Bay building. Panoramic vistas of the bay, marina and preserve. Wrap around terraces. $1,049,000. Exquisite Biscayne with tiled floor, wooden shutters & decorator detailed for a move-in resort home. Condo complex has all the amenities. $999,000 PRIVATEER SOUTH Direct Gulf front 8th floor residence with spectacular panoramic views of the Gulf, the City and Siesta Key. Recently renovated and beautifully furnished including a grand piano. Pristine throughout and sunsets all year. $599,000. GOLDEN GATE POINT Brand new, never occupied. Over 2100 sq ft. 3BR/3BA/2CG Fabulous full bay view from this waterfront condo. $899,900.

Queens Harbour Home with Gorgeous Views of the Bay from master, living and dining rooms. This 4BR/3BA home has a dock and lift, pool and outdoor kitchen. Beautiful furnishings and a 28 ft. Sea Ray included. $1,850,000 Virtual Tour

VIZCAYA Perfectly decorated & appointed penthouse. Maximized views in an elegant enclave of 31 residences. 2-car garage. $2,695,900. Over 4,000 sq ft expansive penthouse w/magnificent vistas of Gulf, beach & pool. $3,990,000.

Wonderful Fairway Bay Condominium This condominium is turnkey furnished, and has gorgeous views of the Bay and access to the pretty grounds and walkways of Fairway Bay. $365,000 Virtual Tour

EN PROVENCE Exclusive paradise community of only 21 beach front residences. 3BR/3BA with direct gulf view. $2,695,000.

GRANDE RIVIERA ON THE TIP OF GOLDEN GATE POINT Striking architectural style offering a private enclave of only 13 luxurious residences. Unparalleled panoramic views and a marina with limited boat slips.

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Building sells for $3.4 million A 43-year-old commercial building on St. Armands, housing Pagliacci and Binjara Traders at 327 John Ringling Blvd., has been sold by J. Hartley Kantor of Palm Springs, Calif., and Gig Harbor, Wash., for $3.4 million. It was purchased by Gavlain Holdings Inc., a combined Florida limited liability company and limited partnership (LLCLP), with an address of 1900 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. It sold last for $2.3 million in September 1989.

ket on the outer keys has almost mirrored the profit taking and mounting sales found in the stock market. Between May 29 and June 11 there were no fewer than 68 real estate transactions on Longboat, St. Armands, Lido and Bird keys, involving $45.5 million. This is the most we have reported in any similar period of time. If you discount the five boat-slip and berth sales, there were 63 condominiums, homes and commercial buildings sold during this span for $44.5 million, averaging $710,000 per transaction. Many are the factors in these sales. Elderly residents sell to move onto the mainland to be closer to the doctors’ offices, the hospital and stores. This has resulted in profit taking by cashing in on the rising sales values, and a few, interestingly, who were shocked by the increased tax bite caused by these rising property values.

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In another multimillion-dollar transaction on St. Armands, the 67-year-old, four-bedroom and four-bath waterfront home at 139 Washington Drive was sold by both Barbara and Duane Henderson, 100118 46th Ave. W., Bradenton, and Alan K. Brooks to Nancy G. and David Morgan from Chevy Chase, Md., for an even $3 million. This property was among the first developed on St. Armands just 10 years after the completion of the original John Ringling causeway in 1926. There was one other residential sale on St. Armands in which Edward F. Carlstrom, 236 S. Washington Drive, sold the two-bedroom and one-bath home at 31 S. Adams Drive, to Joel D. May for $415,000. The home, built in 1951, last sold for $350,000 in April 2002.

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It didn’t take long for Turtle Crawl resort, just north of the Sarasota County line at 4235 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to convert Win Cook’s former 28-unit Holiday Lodge and Beach Resort into condominiums since its recent record $8.4 million sale by Ash Ari Properties to Turtle Crawl Enterprises. The conversion reduced the number of units from 40 to 31 condominiums. The May sale of

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Turtle Crawl Resort was the highest price ever paid for a property on the Manatee County side of Longboat Key. Under new manager William Prisakos, Turtle Crawl Enterprises, L.L.C., sold its first four condominiums. The Village of Cortez, L.L.C., 3629 Cortez Road, Bradenton, purchased two of the units, paying $355,000 for unit T-504 and $335,000 for unit T-503. Lourdes B. and Jesus R. Patalinghug, 560 Schooner Lane, Country Club Shores, bought unit T-502 for $330,000. Kenda A. and Philip M. Smith from Flushing, Mich., paid $315,000 for unit T-303. The four sales totaled $1.335 million.

In the largest individual sale of the week on Longboat Key, Nancy E. and Barry Kemerer from Charleston, W.Va., purchased unit B-301 at Sanctuary I from Leslie V. Thompson of Tampa for $1.21 million. The threebedroom and three-bath apartment at 585 Sanctuary Drive, was built in 1990 and last sold for $950,000 in May 2001.

Water Club I Deborah M. and Ronald W. Chapman from Bloomfield Hills, Mich., purchased unit 305 at Water Club I from Walter M. Perlmutter of Chicago for $935,000. The three-bed-

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SAILBOAT WATER 652 Lyons Lane Fabulous 3BR island home on lush tropical landscaped lot, brick paver circular drive, trellis entry, all tiled floors, French doors to screened pool and lanai. New dock, sailboat water just minutes to ICW & gulf. Virtual Tour $749,000.

INN ON THE BEACH Sweeping views, from top floor #4601 and 4602, unique “lock out” 2BR plan. Rent one or both, or use as your own personal 2BR luxury condo. Virtual Tour $850,000. 5307 Opportunity to own largest 2BR, corner suite. Furnished. Virtual Tour $499,000.

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NORTH SIESTA KEY 3471 Flamingo Ave. Charming 2BR home in private setting on street of million dollar homes. All new windows, French doors, new roof & A/C. This bright & open home has a screened free-form pool/spa. Attached 2 car garage. Virtual Tour $375,000.

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room and three-bath apartment at 1241 Gulf of Mexico Drive was built in 1996 and sold previously for $655,000 in December 1996.

Inn on Beach Melissa B. and William D. Pippin of Columbus, Ohio, sold their unit 3307 at Inn on the Beach to Robert J. Burskey of Northville, Mich., for $712,500. Built in 1982, the apartment turned over last for $630,000 in May 2002.

The Aquarius Club Greg D. Van Howe from Vernon Hills, Ill., purchased unit 1-J at The Aquarius Club, 1701 Gulf of Mexico Drive, from Dorius and Ann Quirk of Scottsdale, Ariz., for $700,000. The two-bedroom and twobath condo was built in 1975. Anna Marie Piemonte of Hinsdale, Ill., sold her unit 3-F at The Aquarius Club to Rebecca L. and Randall K. Craig from Evansville, Ind., for $557,500. The 28-yearold unit has two bedrooms and two baths.

Sleepy Lagoon Park, Addition Maralyn Orlando-Carr and her husband, Steven Carr, purchased the vacant waterfront lot at 664 Lyons Lane in Sleepy Lagoon Park No. 2 subdivision for $782,500 from RihCarr Development Inc., 7361 Turnstone Road, Sarasota. The property has 80 feet on the water and is 124 feet deep. It was last sold for $375,000 in January 2002. At nearby Sleepy Lagoon Addition, Elaine A. and Richard V. Lombardi, 435 S. Gulfstream Ave., Sarasota, sold their twobedroom and three-bath home at 6602 Gulf of Mexico Drive to Gaby and Ronald Fletcher of Ludlow, Sharpshire, England, for $645,000. The original home was built in 1972 and renovated in 1985. It last sold for $120,000 24 years ago, or $525,000 less — another example of the rising real estate values over the years on Longboat Key.

Seaplace I Again reflecting the spiraling condominium values on Longboat Key, Alan Markus sold his Seaplace I apartment G2-214-E at 2055 Gulf of Mexico Drive, to Michael S. Cole and A. Carole Covino of Syracuse, N.Y., for $235,000. The one-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973 and sold previously in July 1995 for $95,000.

Casa Del Mar Constance E. and Karl Golnik acquired unit 13-A at Longboat Key Casa Del Mar, 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive from Wanda H. Wilson of Sun City Center, through a trustee’s deed for $549,000. The two-bedroom and one-bath unit was built in 1972.

Covert II Up at Covert II, 5231 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Roger R. Francis and Virginia E. Francis each sold their half-interest in unit 208 to Lorna F. and Patrick M. Dobbling and Kimberly D. and Thomas R. Lampe for $295,000. All participants in the transaction are from Fort Thomas, Ky. The twobedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1973.

Fairway Bay II Marsha N. and Marvin G. Frank, along with the Belmar Family L.L.C., of Basking Ridge, N.J., purchased unit 327 in building 3 at Fairway Bay II from Deborah Lee and Richard Lee Cronin of Altamonte Springs in suburban Orlando for $400,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 2016 Harbourside Drive was built in 1984 and last sold for $310,000 in October 1999.

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A 43-year-old commercial building on St. Armands, housing Pagliacci and Binjara Traders at 327 John Ringling Blvd., has been sold for $3.4 million.This same property sold previously in September 1989 for $2.3 million.

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Cynthia A. and George D. Nobel, 828 Evergreen Way, sold their unit 23 in section 3 at Cedars East Condominiums, to Patrick Robert Carr of Grosse Pointe, Mich., for $340,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath condo at 832 Evergreen Way was built in 1991 and last sold for $205,000 in June 1997.

Unit 812 at Lido Surf & Sands, 1100 Ben Franklin Drive, was sold by Elizabeth Cronin, John Cronin and Timothy Cronin as successor trustees of the Jeremiah Cronin revocable trust, Andover, Mass., to Mollie N. and Thomas R. Thibodeau, also of Andover, and to Matthew R. Thibodeau of Duluth, Minn., for $420,000.

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Martha Bohn Tart, as personal representative of the Betty Bitting estate, sold unit 607 at Bayport Beach & Tennis Club to Gabriela C. Orr for $400,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment at 607 Bayport Way was completed in 1980 and sold for $141,000 last in October 1991.

There was a swap of boat slips on R Pier nearest the entrance at Longboat Key Moorings Marina. Claudine M. and William V. Snoke of Bullard, Texas, sold their double slip 15-16 at the end of R pier to Marsam Investments Inc., 3030 Grand Bay Blvd., for $550,000. The Snokes purchased it in September 1999 for $371,800. Then Marsam Investments sold slip R14 to the Snokes for $250,000. The end result was the Snokes pocketed the $300,000 difference in the trade for the smaller slip.

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Laurie R. Phillips and her husband, Barry A. Milberg, of Philadelphia, bought unit S304 at Longboat Key Towers, 601 Longboat Club Road, for $700,000 from LouJep Holdings Inc., of Prince Edward Island and Montreal. The three-bedroom and threebath apartment was created when the Towers was constructed in 1970 and last sold for $277,000 in August 1991.

Holly L. and Lawrence D. Clark of Midland, Mich., purchased condominium 301 in unit 3 of Westchester Apartments, 4825 Gulf of Mexico Drive, for $480,000 from Debra Ruth Berger and Arlene M. Ellis of Newton, Mass., acting as trustees for the Frank F. Rubin Realty Trust. The two-bedroom and one-bath apartment was built in 1970.

Ralph l. Ayers, Kansas City, Mo., sold his berth 2201 at Boathouse on Longboat Key to the Du Family Limited Partnership, 540 N. Washington Drive, for $30,000. Dianne M. and Gary Rosensweig, 4410 Friar Tuck Lane, Sarasota, bought berth 2110 at Boathouse from Donna S. Marcrum of Birmingham, Ala., for $24,500. Norman G. Samet of Greensboro, N.C., purchased berth 2202 for a total of $27,600, paying Jutta S. Bruhn $13,800 for her half interest in the berth and $13,800 to Gerda Jones-Bruhn for her half interest as personal representative of the estate of Wolfgang Bruhn.

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Dennis L. Nelson, 1662 Stickney Point Road, Sarasota, sold his unit 304 at the Fairway House in Lido Harbour South, 2100 Ben Franklin Drive, to Aimee M. and Frank X. Caraballo of Maple Heights, Ohio, for $249,000. The two-bedroom and two-bath apartment was built in 1968.

Bird Key How would you like to buy a three-bedroom and three-bath home with a swimming pool on Bird Key for just $45,000? Well, that’s what Diane Hunter did, acquiring the 30year-old home at 440 Bird Key Drive from Catherine A. and Lyle Aulwurm, 4647 Glebe Farm Road, Sarasota. The transaction was obviously a family or fiduciary transaction. Kent Chetlain is a veteran Florida journalist and historian, a former Manatee County commissioner and a holder of a Florida real estate license. He has chronicled real estate activity in this area since 1957. ❑

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ST. ARMANDS WATERFRONT...A landmark home on St. Armand’s Key, a one-of-a-kind property. Two-lot waterfront estate is walled and landscaped. Inside is a comfortable Florida-style home, the focus of outside beauty is brought inside through generous use of glass. $2,995,000 BAYOU HAMMOCK...Truly a delight, a 4,200 square foot home with three bedrooms on over 1.5 acres on the North Longboat Key. A Selby gardens-like setting, over 340 feet of water frontage that includes three docks. Vaulted ceilings in family room, living and dining space. $2,595,000 THE OAKS...Simply spectacular. Over 7,500 square feet of authentic country French living. Completely rebuilt with love and superior quality. Four/five bedrooms in the main house plus a mother-in-law guest house attached by a breezeway. Built on two lots! Over 350’ of estate frontage; the backyard overlooks an impressive lawn and lake. A truly one-of-a-kind residence in Oaks I. $2,199,000 TANGERINE BAY...Properly priced and ready to move in, wonderful views across the resort-like pool of Tangerine Bay to Sarasota Bay. Oversized eat-in kitchen, gas fireplace and sumptuous master suite. Also includes a full two-car garage. $779,000 NEW LISTING! PROMENADE...Beautifully decorated updated Promenade 8th floor with gorgeous sunsets and bay views. This wonderful residence is tastefully done and in move-in condition. Furnished. $699,000 AQUARIUS...This south end, Longboat Key beach residence. Northwest exposure for beautiful sunsets. Ideally located in walking distance of Publix and the Colony, this may be one of your last chances to live in a 2/2 for only $479,000

REGENT PLACE PENTHOUSE! Imagine the perfect view, the perfect floor plan, & the perfect location. Here it is!! Walls of glass bring the entire Gulf, Sarasota Bay, Downtown, distant islands & Islandside Golf into your world in the sky. Exquisite detail with 12’ ceilings, 8’ solid oak doors & trim, luxurious master suite, 2 en-suite bedrooms, plus office & den, private elevator & 2 huge terraces. $4,100,000. GRAND BAY - WOW!! - is the only way to describe the awesome wraparound views. Watch the big boats sail out to the open bay with downtown Sarasota shimmering in the distance. The lush greenery of Harbourside Blue #9 adds beauty to this incomparable setting. Wonderful furnishings included. $1,599,500. VERY SPECIAL BEACHFRONT CONDO - truly feels like your in a house at the beach. Sparkling gulf waters, white powder sand, and year’round sunsets surround you in total privacy. A really great buy and beautifully furnished too! $2,250,000. VILLA DI LANCIA - Privacy & gulf front panorama end unit penthouse. Volume ceilings, huge terrace, wood floors, fireplace, gourmet kitchen, private elevator and all amenities. $1,695,000. A RARE OPPORTUNITY - New bayfront custom estate home on St. Armands Key w/180° views of Sarasota Bay, Mote Marine Bird Sanctuary & the city skyline. A 5BR, 5400 sq. ft. masterpiece w/highest quality construction, architectural detail & elegant finishes. Unparalleled waterside ambiance w/sophisticated modern amenities. Dock w/16,000 lb. & 10,000 lb. lift. The large lanai overlooks the 35’ swimming pool & spa. $3,350,000. SANCTUARY - Corner unit w/wrap around views of golf and gulf. 2BD, den 2.5BA turnkey furnished. Expansive beach, sensational amenities in secure, environment. $949,000. ATRIUM - Rarely available “Banyan” floor plan, in direct bayfront end unit. Over 2,600 sq. ft., eat-in-kitchen, huge great room, 3 BR/2.5BA, 3 balconies, wonderful amenities. $879,000. FAIRWAY BAY - Direct bay front, 2BR/2BA, end unit. Beautifully decorated in one of LBK’s nicest communities. Amenities galore. $459,900. CASA DEL MAR - Fabulous rental complex on beach. Low maintenance fee & great on-site rental program. Beautifully redecorated & updated. $399,900. HARBOUR OAKS - Maintenance free home. 3BR/2.5BA + den. Large great room w/vaulted ceilings, tile floors, & designer touches. Huge screened back deck, 2 car garage, new roof, paver brick drive & entry walkway. $459,900. ISLANDS WEST - Direct gulf front 2BR/2BA w/panoramic views of Gulf, Bay & Downtown. Exceptional building, sensational amenities. Priced to sell quickly w/furnishings. PRICE REDUCED. $609,000. BEACHES OF LONGBOAT KEY - CONTRACT PENDING $695,000. ★ ★ ★ ★ INN ON THE BEACH ★ ★ ★ ★ Superb 1st level 2BR/2BA walk-out to pool and beach $795,000. First level, 2BR/2BA. Fabulous resort pool and wide beach. $695,000.

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES POINT...Completely renovated gated estate home on the end of Ketch Lane. This wonderful point lot home has over 4,000 square feet of inviting space which includes three bedrooms plus office, gourmet kitchen and bar. Room for 3 boats and 2, two-car garages. $2,849,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES POINT...This spectacular property is located on the “point” with over 163’ of Bay frontage and 120’ of protected deepwater canal. The views are endless; downtown Sarasota, John Ringling Mansion and panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. The perfect location for your dream home! $2,299,000 COUNTRY CLUB SHORES...Lowest price waterfront house by $100,000! Three bedroom home on the west end of Ketch Lane. Has been partially remodeled and is ready for occupancy or further renovation. Park your boat at the dock and move right in. $499,000

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Selected by “REALTOR” Magazine as one of the Top 100 Sales People in the country for 2002 VILLA DI LANCIA – Fabulous gulf front penthouse with over 1600 sq. ft. of roof garden open terrace w/direct gulf view. This beautiful wrap around terrace includes a spa. Features private foyer along with a spacious living room & dining area, custom kitchen & breakfast area, Corian countertops, wine cooler, custom decorating, new tile throughout, an expanded wall of closet space in the master bedroom & private elevator lobby $2,275,000. MAINLAND - VILLA ROSA – New home never lived in with immediate occupancy with lake views in this lovely maintenance-free gated community with clubhouse, pool and fitness center. 3BR plus a den or 4 full BR, designer tile, crown molding, step ceilings, upgraded carpet, screened lanai & patio. Oversized garage with a/c storage area. $319,900. WATERCLUB I - GULF FRONT Enjoy a Gulf front Island retreat in this 3 BR, 5 bath 7th floor residence with sunset views from 3 terraces. Furnishings are casual and professionally designed. Concierge services, 17,000 sq. ft. clubhouse and a separate private garage at $3,200,000. THE LANDINGS – Lovely lake & sunset views from this spacious 2BR/2.5BA Landings South residence. Features include high cathedral ceilings, tile floors and large enclosed lanai. An incredible tennis, swimming & exercise facility. Great clubhouse, nature walk & fishing gazebo on the ICW. Active community with guarded gate entry. $217,500. SARABANDE Postcard views of sunsets on gulf and city lights are spellbinding from one of Sarasota’s finest locations. This 3,748 sq ft 10th floor, 3BR, + media & family room residence is professionally designed with furnishings available. Shows like a model. Walking distance to fine restaurants & theaters. $2,495,000. SIESTA KEY - BAYOU LOUISE Have it all w/sweeping views of Gulf, New Pass & City lights w/private beach from magnificent gated estate. Palm Beach inspired elegance begins w/hand made Brazilian Oak entry doors, custom wrought iron fixtures & gates, ivory creme marble floors; limestone fireplaces & patios overlooking 40-ft heated pool/spa & Gulf. Seven car garage & 20,000 lb. boat lift complete the picture for the most discriminating buyer who wants brand new! $4,995,000. LONGBOAT KEY - THE PROMENADE Beautiful direct gulf front views of glorious sunsets, beach and pool from this 4th floor pristine 3 full bedrooms, 3 insuite baths residence. Features include cream marble floors and baths, luxurious carpeting, crown molding, wet bar and master bath steam shower. Promenade residence boasts of World-class amenities; 24-hour security, concierge services, His/Her spa and exercise facilities, tea room and gentlemen sports bar, Har Tru tennis courts and secured garage. Richly decorated and furnished could be sold as a complete package. Ready for immediate occupancy. Unfurnished at $1,079,000. SIESTA KEY - SANDY COVE Wonderful 2BR/2BA corner unit w/large terraces overlooking tropical paradise. 2 large screened terraces, beautifully furnished & updated. Shows like a model. Fishing pier & clubhouse guest suite. $349,900. SIESTA KEY - SIESTA COVE 3-5 bedroom, 3.5 bath all recently renovated. Decks abound for outdoor entertaining. Close to Siesta Key’s famous beach. Ultimate in tropical living. $575,000. RITZ CARLTON PENTHOUSE – World class amenities. Sparkling bay views from every room, 4734 square foot residence with 2 master suites, guest and leisure room with wet bar, all marble floors. Magnificently furnished. Annual lease considered. $3,450,000. LONGBOAT KEY- BAY FRONT ESTATE Boater’s Paradise – Magnificent water front location w/ unbelievable views of Bay & Bayou from this 1-acre peninsula lot. This 4BR/4BA features 10 ft ceilings, pool & spa, dockage for multiple boats w/653 ft of perfect seawall. $2,995,000. FAIRWAY BAY ATRIUM- Fabulous open bay views from this spacious 2BR/2BA plus den penthouse. 10 foot ceilings, granite kitchen, gorgeous built-ins, tile floors and decorator window treatments, new carpeting and plantation shutters. Deeded beach access. Annual lease considered. $749,900. NW BRADENTON – Waterfront estate, newly created Old Florida Victorian design on Tampa Bay w/views of Skyway Bridge & Tampa. Beautiful priv. drive. Features a grand foyer, gracious stairway. $4,950,000. LONGBOAT KEY – Residential buildable lot on Gulf side with wide Gulf views. Just steps away to miles of pristine beach. Tropical & mature landscaping creates privacy on 100x175’ lot. $1,100,000.

Call on Barbara’s other Waterfront Properties: 941-780-6045 941-924-9000 • Email - bsasrq@aol.com Take a virtual tour of these properties at: www.barbaraackerman.com

Bruce has been charting the course in residential real estate for over 23 years! The only time in life it doesn’t cost more to hire the best. GRAND RIVIERA

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WATER CLUB

Enclave of 13 luxurious residences on Golden Gate Point! Enjoy unparalleled panoramic views and private boat docks available. 2,651 -5,837 sq. ft. $1,525,000 Exquisitely appointed, spacious beachfront residence with 3 to $4,300,000. large terraces! Popular “Arlington” plan with beautiful upgrades throughout! 2 covered parking spaces. $2,475,000. HAMMOCK Sophisticated “Cambridge” floor plan tastefully appointed throughout! 2 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with granite, extra $1,199,000. storage & 2 covered parking spaces.

BAY ISLES HARBOR SECTION Estate-sized property, tropically landscaped with 345’ water frontage on 1.5 acres +/-. Well designed, custom home with over 4,000 Sq. ft. $2,595,000 plus a 4-car garage. 2 docks on deep water.

WATERFRONT LOT

Over 6,000 SF of luxury! 5BR suites, office, outside bar summer kitchen & deep water dockage with 200 ft. of seawall! 2,800 bottle wine cellar, $3,150,000. 3 car garage, elevator, pool, separate spa area.

Build your dream home lot with over 125 feet directly on New Pass! May be purchased with adjoining lots for family com$2,595,000. pound.

BIRD KEY

Magnificently designed, custom home. Light, bright, split fl. plan, vaulted ceilings & white tile throughout. Deep water channel boasting 196’ seawall, dock accommodates 3 boats. $1,799,000.

COREY’S LANDING

Spectacular waterfront home! Elegant & sophisticated w/attention to detail. 4BR/5&1/2BA, 2 offices, game room, state-ofthe-art sound system, 3 car garage, pool/spa w/cabana & sum$2,595,000. Courtyard home w/detached quest suite. Complete privacy mer kitchen & boat dock! around lushly landscaped pool! Great room with soaring ceilVIZCAYA $815,000. ings, screened lanai with summer kitchen.

THE ATRIUM

Spacious, luxurious condominium with feel of home. Exquisitely furnished with a private pool. Stunning views of the gulf, 2-car Popular “Mangrove” floor plan, 2,105 sq ft with 3 bedrooms, $2,549,000. beautiful views of the bay and the pool! A great value on the garage. SANCTUARY $629,000. south end of Longboat Key!

SEAGATE CLUB

Direct beach front! Popular & private “Carlyle” floor plan in Panoramic gulf & sunset views from this upper floor corner resiBuilding II. Gulf, bay and city views from this “thru” residence. dence! 2BR/2BA, tile floors, large balcony, views from every room! $1,499,000. twoparking spaces and two storage spaces. $599,000. Walk to shopping, restaurants, banks & beach.

FAIRWAY BAY

Corner 3 bedroom, 3 bath townhouse! Approximately 2,100 square feet under air with soaring ceilings, fireplace, loft/office, $449,000. three terraces and large garage!

SABAL COVE

2 desirable lots in area of $1,000,000 homes. Greenbelt views. $349,000 & $399,000.

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THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER BUSINESS Store around the corner

Robinson Spry Interiors 1303 Main Street • Sarasota • 365-2030/fax: 365-8188

Emily Walsh

The Robinson Spry group — Douglas Barrineau, owners Linda and Charles Spry, Kate Delahanty and Mary Reinhart

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THE SEIGEL TEAM - SUZETTE & JAY SEIGEL, Esq. TWO GENERATIONS, ONE COMMITMENT Grand Bay Condo - Unsurrpassed value, this unit includes two parking spaces, exquisite turnkey furnishings, breathtaking views and much more. Go to michaelsaunders.com and enter MLS#236726 for a Virtual Tour.Offered @ $935,000 Lakewood Ranch - Pristine 2BR/2BA home with den/office located in gated, maintenance-free lakefront community. Loads of upgrades including wood floors, hot tub, outdoor kitchen. Shows like a model. Go to michaelsaunders.com and enter MLS#229099 for a Virtual Tour. Offered @ $249,900 Today

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Web site: www.robinsonspry.com Owners: Robinson Spry is owned by Charles and Linda Spry. Year established: The Sprys established Robinson Spry Interiors in February 1998. Employees: Working with the Sprys are Kate Delahanty, design consultant, Raina Cole, design assistant, Mary Reinhart and Douglas Barrineau. Hours: The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Type of store: Robinson Spry Interiors is a full-line, interior-design shop and a residential- and commercial-design firm that specializes in interior design, residential and commercial renovation. Why did you open this type of store? “I have always been in this type of business — in some form of home/office décor,” says Linda Spry. “But this store is not only an interior design shop, we also do residential and commercial renovation. My husband, Charles, has his general contractor’s license. Our specialty is interior renovation.” Most expensive items: “The most expensive items we have are original oil paintings that range in price from $1,500 to $2,500,” says Spry. Least expensive item: “The least expensive items we have are kitty, tea-bag holders that cost $3.99. I try to have a range of items from hostess gifts to furniture,” says Spry. Unique item, service: Charles Spry replies, “The merchandise here at Robinson Spry Interiors is handpicked by a designer (Linda). None of the items in the store is from a catalogue.” Most popular items, services: “We sell a lot of lamps, even to other interior designers. Lamps are one of the most difficult

things to find, so we have many unique lamps. We have a giant-sized sea horse sculpture that is also a decorative light,” says Mrs. Spry. What is the most challenging part of running this business? “The most challenging part of this business is it is so multifaceted,” says Mrs. Spry. “An electrician focuses on electrical work and a plumber focuses on plumbing, but I have to know all of the components of interior design and renovation. I could be looking at plumbing plans and at the same time have to pick out a color for the wall. I’m always tending to the details. I live by a saying, ‘Beauty if formed in the details of life.’ It’s the details that make a difference.” Spry adds, “She’s the conductor of the band pulling everything together.” Best business advice ever received: “I don’t know if it’s particularly limited to business advice, but I always keep in mind, ‘Do what you say you’re going to do,’” says Mrs. Spry. Hobbies: “My animals,” says Mrs. Spry. “I have three dogs and four cats. I also like being home.” Spry adds, “She’s also a fantastic cook!” Favorite book: “I read a lot of books by many authors, but if I had to pick one author it would be Deepak Chopra,” says Mrs. Spry. Favorite movie: “I have two favorite movies — ‘Moonstruck’ and ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs,’” says Mrs. Spry. What you like best about this area? “I like the diversity and I love the water,” says Mrs. Spry. If you could reincarnate, who or what would you be? After being stumped, Spry replies, “If I could reincarnate I would be a famous writer.” —Emily Walsh

FEATURED PROPERTY THIS WEEK NEWER CUSTOM HOME IN THE BAYOU This gracious family home has all the most wanted features. The floor plan works for a couple and for a crowd, for long term guests or grandchildren on vacation. 4BR/3.5BA, private pool area and beach club. $975,000

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THE BAYOU BOATING HAVEN for sizable yacht. Light and bright home with marble floors, sweeping staircase, 4BR and huge bonus area, parking for 4 cars. Private beach club. $1,735,000. GRAND BAY THE ULTIMATE interpretation of understated elegance. Top of the world feeling w/views from Sarasota skyline to end of LBK, from Gulf to Bay. Anne Folsom Smith’s talent has been combined w/owners’ innate good taste to bring this “Cayman” to new heights of quality, luxury & beauty. Offered furnished at $1,385,000.

ON THE MAINLAND 888 BLVD. OF ARTS THE VERSATILE VAN GOGH - 2BR/2BA floor plan at 888 Condo on the Bay. This eleventh floor end unit, bathed in natural light, has updated kitchen, marble floors, designer built-ins and magnificent bay view. $579,000. EAGLES POINT THE LANDINGS Enjoy the most amazing sunsets from the terrace of this 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment in The Landings. Pool, tennis and fitness club, gated entrance and 2 parking spaces. $499,000. THE OAKS AN IMPOSING RESIDENCE on over 1/2 acre of land. Lake and golf course views expand the vista from the spacious lanai. Built by De Ramo, this home has an open flexible floor plan with 4-5 bedrooms or 3 bedroom and his and her offices. Offered at $1,149,000. NEW CONSTRUCTION DOWNTOWN - Majestic Bay, only 6 remain in this intimate setting on Golden Gate Point. Construction to begin in this month. All have 3BR plus den and garage. Only 5 boat docks. Hurry! $1,175,000 - $1,999,000. ON THE BEACH - Positano, on the site of Longboat Key’s Holiday Inn. Incredible location with over 9 acres as a setting for 5 threestory buildings. Twenty-nine luxury residences in all, 3BR plus den, some private pools. $1,800,000 - over 3 million.


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Real estate reports

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Prudential Palms Realty — The company honored its top associates for the month of May. David Jennings, University Walk office, led the company in residential listings sold; Hannerle Moore, Longboat Key office, led the company in residential listings sold; Cheryl Loeffler, Longboat Key office, led the company in residential listings taken; and Charles Palmeri, South David Jennings Trail office, led the company in commercial listings sold. Offices-wide, top producers in residential sales category were Sylvia Zimmerman, Longboat Key office; Gina Penzotti, St. Armands office; Sally Rackey and Laura Tracy, Sarasota Downtown office; Michael and Cynthia Bowers, South Tamiami Trail office; Jennings; and Nan Kennedy, South Tamiami Trail office. Top producers in Cheryl Loeffler residential listings Hannerle Moore

taken category were Moore; Jim Soda, Downtown Sarasota office; the Bowers; Jennings; and Kennedy. Top producers in the residential listings taken category were Loeffler; Angela Wicks, St. Armands office; Cheryl Timmins, Sarasota Downtown office; the Bowers; Susan Miller, University Walk office; and Lucy Koro, South Tamiami Trail office. Sylvia Zimmerman

This 4,100 SF. 4BR/3.5BA plus office executive residence is located on the TPC golf course in Prestancia, Palmer Ranch. Situated on 3/4 acres with lake views, caged pool w/summer kitchen,wet bar,formal living and dining rooms. Professionally decorated. $995,000

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Since 1939

WELCOMES CATHY MELDAHL, REALTOR, GRI Wagner Realty at the Centre Shops welcomes Cathy as Branch Manager of the Longboat Key office. Cathy brings 25 years of real estate experience on Longboat Key to Wagner’s. Give Cathy a call for your real estate needs.

OPEN SAT. 7/5/03 - 2:00-4:00 PM 670 RUSSELL ST.

Take a break from the beach to come see this exceptional 3/4BR/3BA immaculate home in “The Village” of Longboat. Fabulous 2 story caged pool, 800 SF workshop/family play room, community Boat Ramp/Dock. “Florida livin” at its Finest… Offered at $579,900. (Gulf Drive to Broadway, to Poinsettia, to Russell)

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best neighborhoods. 3BR/4BA, high ceilings, crown molding, wet bar. Deep water & private island living. $1,490,900

OWN YOUR OWN CASTLE ON THE RHINE Currently a small hotel with 5 guest suites, 3 elegant restaurants & conference rooms. Unbelievable @ $2,300,000 (USD) LIDO BEACH CLUB UNIT 909 with great gulf and bay views turnkey furnished. CONTRACT PENDING $595,000. RITZ CARLTON TOWER Residence on the 11th floor with unbelievable views. 3 bedroom/ 3 bath $1,690,000.

to the Golf Courses... LAKEWOOD RANCH Whitemarsh section 3 Bed / 3 Bath designer furnished with endless list of upgrades. Separate guest house, pool in courtyard plus paver patio w/golf course view. $689,900

UNIT 607 - Totally updated turnkey furnished with breathtaking views over

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looking the Ritz and Siesta Key. 2BR/2BA, exercise room, heated pool & priced to sell. $510,900. UNIT 408 - Great views & fantastic value for only $469,900. UNIT 303 - 2 BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, next to the Ritz, ocean views to die for. $469,000. KEY WEST STYLE HOME on large canal lot, boatdock, pristine pool, large sundeck, open flr plan. 3BR/3BA, split, TKF, tiles & carpet throughout. 2 car garage, hurricane shutters, new paint. Included is VW Convertible. $799,000. SAILBOAT WATER IN BIMINI BAY Very private fenced in yard with a pristine, large pool, fruit trees, 2 car garage, 2 davits. Included is a 27” Carver, 2 eng. 190hp. $799,000.

L A K E W O O D RANCH Former St. Rafael model. Fabulous 2 bedroom, 2 bath plus den. $429,000

UNIVERSITY PARK Beautiful home in “Like New” condition. Book case entertainment center in great room, fireplace, Corian, pool & spa, summer kitchen on private lanai. $389,900

HOLMES BEACH Designed by an awardwinning, nationally acclaimed architect, this island class has been recently redecorated. Featuring 9ft. ceilings with crown moldings, oak floors, 2 fireplaces, 4BR/2.5BA, pool, wraparound screened veranda & more! Plus glistening bay views from most rooms. $995,000.

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Curious Collector

African-American collectibles gain popularity One of the hottest areas of collecting today is black memorabilia. Who are the collectors? African-Americans, of course, but also investors, who anticipate their rapid increase in value and decrease in numbers available. Many designers buy objects for their clients to decorate their homes and offices. Some use them because they are beautiful as well as interesting, for example, a bronze of Jackie Robinson. Others use them because of their historic value, such as ephemera concerning the Tuskegee Airmen of

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LAST LOT IN MANDARIN PARK! - Gated community. Downtown amenities. Great location. Close-out. $150,000 INCREDIBLE - desirable location. Custom home on deep water with bay views. Ultimate lifestyle. Walled and private. Gorgeous! $3,350,000 BAYFRONT - wide open direct bay views. Deep water and dock. New Construction. Call for details. GULFFRONT - behind the gates - 8th floor, custom decor - beauty! Sunsets - Right on the beach. $689,000 ENJOY THE TOWER RESIDENCE RITZ CARLTON - Split bedroom floor plan. Spacious w/all rooms opening to the tremendous terrace. Western exposure 2BR/3BA plus den. $1,695,000 LONGBOAT KEY CLUB - INN ON THE BEACH Fantastic club amenities - golf, tennis, fitness center, fine dining, heated pool, plus gorgeous Gulf beach. 2BR/2BA - Direct Beach and Sunsets - largest floor plan end unit with extra large terraces $1,100,000 OUTSTANDING VIEWS - and value! Direct beachfront club suite. $340,000 CLUB SUITE - with enchanting lagoon and city views. Turnkey furnished. $245,000

Arthur & Vivien

Laura D. Hansen, GRI

BOB BURNETT

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SUTTON PLACE - Bayfront community with boat dock & private beach house, 2BR/1BA, beautifully updated, pets welcome… furn. SOLD $265,000 SANCTUARY - Longboat Key’s most prestigious address with breathtaking views of the Gulf, sunsets, bay and golf course. Spacious 2or3BR/2.5BA, elegantly furnished. $1,595,000 PRIVATEER - Beachfront 2BR/2BA, elegantly updated. Tennis, heated pool and exercise facility, among multi-million $ homes and condos. $549,900 SIESTA KEY - Canal front with water views, walking distance to famous Siesta Beach, spacious 3/4BR/2BA home with gourmet kitchen/granite countertops, roman shower with Jacuzzi, heated pool and spa. SOLD $859,000 SIESTA KEY - Canal front, near intracoastal waterways. Views of the water enhance the setting of this distinctive 3BR/3BA home. Updated kitchen with corian countertops and large screened lanai overlooking pool. $799,900

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black figures emerge in addition to the aforementioned Robinson. There was the great star of the Negro League, who later became a star in the Major League — Satchel Paige, Hall of Fame running-back Jim Brown and many other examples of real heroes, whose exploits and barrier breaking still thrill us. Any memorabilia from their careers is especially prized. Musical notables include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Nat “King” Cole, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Leontyne Price and, of course, Marian Anderson. Some pioneers in breaking the Hollywood color barrier were Waters, Paul Robison and Lena Horne. COBIN Ethel Traditional black colleges were and are sigBONIUK nificant in producing important leaders. Items from these colleges are collectible in themselves — Howard University and Hampton College are two of the leading institutions. In political history, Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. are important figures in the civil rights movement. What are the items that represent these important figures, which are collectible? As usual, rarity and demand set the price. Photographs of all these individuals, especially signed or at a significant event, are rising rapidly in value. Any historic documents, for example, early diplomas from Howard University, research documents, medals for important academic or sports achievement, are desirable. Early original 78 albums and sheet music of the above-mentioned musical artists are sought after, especially when signed. ❑

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Linda Ohlson Graham, poet and photographer, and Janet Noack of Republic Bank stand in front of Graham’s exhibit “Light of the World, Earth Ocean Heavens” on Friday, June 27, at Republic Bank, Avenue of the Flowers. Republic Bank held a silent auction, fund-raising reception, with a portion of the event’s proceeds benefiting the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Graham’s exhibit will be on display at Republic Bank through the month of July.

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The sign over the new John Ringling Causeway Bridge now boasts “0 Segments to Go!” Folks have been arguing about that bridge for years. Last Friday, a construction team from PCL Civil Constructors Inc finally put it together. A crane hoisted the final 100-ton concrete section up to the last remaining gap. Up it went, boasting an American flag, the PCL logo and a good-luck pygmy date palm. Once in position, the segment snapped into place nicely, with a little help from a 100-ton jack and the crew working on top. The segment was the last in a total of 480 comprising the 3,100-foot bridge. While the final puzzle piece is in place now, there’s still a lot of work left to do. Patrick Malone, the project’s construction manager, notes that it won’t be driveable until this September. After that, the old bridge will be removed by December. PCL, the firm behind this project, is the 17th-largest general contractor in North America and the 50th largest in the world. It’s done everything from the Denver International Airport to the Mall of America, but specializes in bridgework. It started this job in August 2001 and will finish right when it said it would in its contract bid. That’s seven months sooner than the bid of its nearest competitor, according to Malone. The new John Ringling Causeway is a beautiful bridge, and at $68 million it should be. The thought of driving from Sarasota, Bird Key and on to Longboat Key and back again without dealing with a drawbridge is even more beautiful. Up on top of the bridge, the remaining gaps around segment were sealed tight with high-tensile strength 8000 PSI epoxy glue. Everyone smiled and applauded, and quickly got back to work. ❑

We have lift-off — the final segment begins its ascent.

The voyage starts out smoothly.

Watch out for that tree! — the final puzzle piece fits into place.

Going ... going ...

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Bayfront Park Recreation Center: How many years have you played golf? “I have played golf for 30 years,” says Chip. “Maybe more ... maybe 40 years.”

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What is your best score? “My best score is a 79,” replies Chip. What kind of clubs do you use? “I use Cobra Irons and Callaway Woods,” says Chip. What is the highlight of your golfing career? Chip responds, “The day I shot 79.” He adds, “Also winning a silver putter tournament at a club up north.” Is there anything you would like to improve in your game? “I would like to improve my distance and consistency,” says Chip. What is your favorite part of the game? “My favorite part of the game is playing with the people I play with, who are members here at the club, and my wife, Rosie. Every Sunday is husband-

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and-wife day out on the golf course,” says Chip. What is your funniest flub-up? “Once I sliced into a house, and my comment was, ‘That’s a stupid place to put a house!’” recalls Chip. What golfer do you admire most? “Jack Nicklaus,” says Chip. “He was a gentleman. He was the best that ever played the game on a long-term basis. And he is a great role model.” What is your advice for other golfers? “Have fun and enjoy the game. Enjoy the camaraderie of the people you play with,” advises Chip. What do you like best about golfing on Longboat Key? “I have met a lot of wonderful people that I have played with for years here on Longboat Key,” says Chip. He adds, “It’s the same group year in, year out, and they have become good friends.” —Emily Walsh

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Longboat Key Tennis Center Summer Men’s Singles — June 17 Quarters: Imric Pcola def. Ted Sisk, 6-3. Ed Carpenter def. Andrew Bers, 6-4. Larry Shapiro def. Mike Lamb, 6-3. Tom Blake def. Steve Johnson, 6-3. Semis: Pcola def. Ed Carpenter, 6-4. Shapiro def. Blake, 6-2. Finals: Shapiro def. Pcola, 7-5. 3rd Place: Carpenter def. Tom Blake, 6-4.

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Coral reefs threatened them into cold ocean depths where they could not survive. Earthquakes from the abrupt shift of tectonic plates have also submerged reefs. And reefs have been killed by silt carried onto them by rivers. Over the past 20 years, it has been increasingly recognized that the health of many coral reefs is declining. There have been arguments about the causes, but there is now general agreement that human activities are to blame for part of the decline. The coral ecosystems are complex and influences on them, both natural and human, can be at the local, regional or global levels. Human activities such as boating, diving, fishing and nearby land use are fairly clear threats, but management practices are beginning to reduce their impact. At the regional and local levels, chemical pollution (nutrients from sewage and fertilizer, pesticides etc.) is obvious, although the long-term effects of chemicals at low concentrations are controversial. The major threat to coral reefs is at the local global level. Among scientists the argument is no longer whether human activity is affecting climate, but how and to what degree. The earth has been warming up for some 15,000 years, but industrialization since the mid1800s has put more carbon dioxide and other gasses into the atmosphere, trapping heat. This is the “greenhouse” effect responsible for heating the earth’s climate. While corals live in the tropics and like warm water, they are very sensitive to water being too hot. At temperatures over 86 F they can lose their essential partners, the zooanthellae. The phenomenon is called “bleaching,” because the coral polyps die and their skeletons turn white. The El Nino of 1997-1998 was particularly severe and bleaching affected many reefs worldwide, including some corals hundreds of years old. We also have seen serious outbreaks of infectious diseases, caused by microbes, affecting coral and other reef inhabitants

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•Boca Grande Beachfront Mansion! Unsurpassed views, Italian style 5BR/5 full & 2 Half BA, art studio, crown molding, Carera marble, Nafco wood floors, built-ins, custom cabinets, elevator, screened porch overlooking Gulf & several decks, walled courtyard with pool & 3 car garage. Call Candy for inquiries! •Brand New with Sweeping Bay Views! In a sought after downtown location w/6,827SF, 5-6BR, 5 full & 3 half baths, faux & artisan finishes, intricate wrought iron railings, crown moldings, detailed ceilings, custom columns, 6CG, pool & dock, plus Robb & Stucky furniture equaling $130,000 INCLUDED. Will consider an exchange........................................$5,900,000 •Direct Beachfront with Tremendous Views! 7,000 SF residence with 2 private keyed elevators, 8 ft. wood doors, 10 ft. ceilings, tile, marble & wood floors, crown moldings, granite, brass hardware, 2 master suites with jacuzzi tubs & bidets, plus a 4-car garage...............................................................$5,800,000 •A Gated Estate With 165 Feet On The Bay! - Deep water dock, brand new landscaping, open-air pool, updated kitchen with granite, marble and wood floors, built-ins, mahogany wet bar, fresh faux paint, 3 fireplaces, 2 family rooms plus a game room and an executive office.............................$3,950,000 •Prime 100’ Bay Views! A brand new 4,684 SF residence being built by Vision Homes with impeccable attention to details, furniture quality cabinetry, granite & more, formal living and dining, family room, kitchen w/breakfast nook, library, bonus room w/wet bar, pool, dock and 3 car garage............$3,100,000 •Gulf, Beach, Golf Course & Bay Views! Have it all in this 3,375 SF residence with a private keyed elevator, 8 ft. wood doors, 10 ft. ceilings, tile, marble & wood floors, crown moldings, granite, brass hardware, Jacuzzi tub & bidet in Master Bath plus 2 garage parking spaces.......................................$2,995,000. •Wide Open Deep Sailboat Water! Oversized lot, 4BR/3BA. 4,613 SF with fabulous upgrades, miles of tile, crown moldings, vaulted ceilings, solid oak cabinets, new A/C, formal and informal dining, family room with home theater, granite and wood floors in the kitchen, sitting area with views of the poolside fountains, 60 foot deck, dock, paver drive and 2+ car garage....$1,599,000. •3.5 Acres With Bay Access! Own a piece of Sarasota’s history. Restored 4BR/3.5BA, 3,400 SF, wood floors, fireplace, new plumbing, windows and zoned A/C. Brand new kitchen with Corian and new floors, separate guest suite, pool and 3 car garage, in town.................................................$1,500,000. •Bayou Water With Dock & Lift! 3,258 SF, 3BR/5BA, library, office, family, game & exercise rooms, soaring ceilings, Corian, granite, Baldwin brass, tile & wood floors, plantation shutters, built-ins, faux paint, French doors, balcony with water views, pool, new landscaping & 3-4 car garage.............$1,100,000. •Long Bay Views! 2,178 SF with 3BR/2.5BA, recessed lights, fresh paint, new carpet, diagonal tile, vaulted ceilings,, skylights, decorative mirrors, stained glass windows, fireplace, plant shelves, wood cabinets, glass enclosed breakfast nook, 2 balconies, wood deck with bay views, private laundry and 1 car garage in gated community................................................................ $525,000. •Large Corner Lot on Siesta Key! 3BR/3BA with 2,827 SF, generous space, vaulted ceilings, open stairwell, new double pane windows, custom window treatments, new side porch, intercom & security systems, new zoned A/C, brand new “Key West” style galvanized aluminum roof & 2 car garage. Room for a pool.............................................................................................$519,000. •Downtown RENTAL! 1284 SF 2BR/2BA tastefully updated w/ wood & tile floors, newer appliances, great views, parking & amenities......$1,600 p/month •RENTAL with Water Views! Downtown, 1150 SF, 2BR/2BA, fresh paint, stone-like tile and newer appliances.........................................$1,200 p/month

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Natural systems cannot adapt at the same pace as changes wrought by humans on them. In the short run, reefs are likely to continue declining. The hope is that our increased awareness of the problem will lead to steps that will improve the outlook for coral reefs. Dr. Erich Mueller, Mote Marine Laboratory, Director of the Center for Tropical Research, is our guest columnist. Dwight Davis, is on vacation for the month of June. ❑

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Coral reefs as we know them have existed on earth for more than 200 million years. During this great time span, they have flourished and died out for natural reasons. Climate changes from hot to cold and back again have caused great fluctuations in sea levels, at times killing corals by exposing them as dry land, at other times dropping

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Before getting into the factors that threaten the vitality of coral reefs, it’s worth visiting the subject of the reefs themselves, what they are like and how they function. Coral reefs, unlike other shallow-water structures that fall under the name reef, have a foundation mostly created by living corals, although other organisms contribute as well. Most people are introduced to coral in shell shops or museums, where only the skeleton is displayed. When alive, those skeletons are covered by a thin layer of living tissue that secretes the limestone skeleton (mostly calcium carbonate) by taking the raw materials from seawater. Such corals are called “hard” or “stony” corals and are the most important reef builders. There are also “soft” and “horny” corals that are abundant on reefs. The former have little structure, the latter have a flexible skeleton of “gorgonin,” which is very much like fingernails or hooves. All corals start out as a single polyp that looks like a small sea anemone (a close relative), with a base, body wall and mouth surrounded by a ring of tentacles. In the case of stony corals, the base begins to secrete the limestone skeleton that may eventually reach 20 feet or more in height in some species. Most corals reproduce by dividing to form additional polyps that remain connected to form a coral colony. A large colony may have thousands of polyps, all interconnected. Various corals occur in all oceans, including polar seas, and at great depths, but the reef-building corals are found only in shallow tropical waters. When alive and healthy, corals are shades of brown, green blue and occasionally brighter colors. In most cases the color is due to the presence of single cell plants called “zooanthellae.” They live inside certain coral cells where they produce more food from photosynthesis than they need. They leak the excess to their coral host, paying rent so to speak. Most corals supplement their diet by capturing small organ-

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P ROMENADE #102 - Three bedroom, three bath corner condo has views of city lights, tennis courts and Gulf of Mexico. Furnished. $845,000 PROMENADE ...Sold To Date #207, 302, 402, 503, 707 & 811 423 St. Armands Circle

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Certified Previews ® Property Specialist THIS IS MAGIC! Owners have lovingly restored this 2BR/2BA Longboat Harbour condo - kitchen, baths, carpet, tile & furnishings are almost new! Amenities include covered parking, clubhouse with exercise room, 4 pools, tennis, boat docks and deeded beach access! $339,000 MLS#231819 DROP DEAD GORGEOUS! Fabulous renovation on Bird Key! This 3BR/2BA pool home has it all - new tile, carpet, kitchen, baths + family room and bedroom addition. Everything like new - even the roof is only 4-5 years old. Hurry! This one won’t last! $598,000 MLS#237203 SHOWS LIKE A MODEL! Picture perfect 2BR/2BA Longboat Harbour condo has new carpet, furnishings and is newly painted! Beautiful canal views from glass-enclosed balcony. Fabulous amenities include clubhouse with exercise room, 4 pools, tennis, boat dock and deeded beach access! $294,500 MLS#234941 BIRD KEY RESTORED TREASURE! Beautiful 3BR/3BA home has been carefully restored by owner! Keystone wall fireplace in living room. Marble porcelain tile. Lavish caged pool & entertainment area! Landscaping provides a “garden oasis” feel. $519,000 MLS#234209 WATCH THE MANATEES PLAY! Beautifully renovated 1BR/1BA Longboat Harbour unit! Everything new - tile, carpet, bath, kitchen and appliances! Enjoy the wide open Bay views from the glass-enclosed lanai! Turnkey furnished. Fabulous amenities include clubhouse with exercise room, 4 pools, tennis, boat docks and deeded beach access. $249,000 MLS#231778

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BY CHRISTINA CAMPBELL, 5, AND WINSTON GARDENER, 11 — JUNE 23 TO 27 Monday we played board games and watched the rain. When the rain finally stopped, we were able to play on the playground. In the afternoon we did fuse beads, which we really liked. We went to the movies Tuesday. With permission from our parents, we went to see “The Hulk.” But it wasn’t as good as we thought it was going to be. Wednesday we played soccer and kickball. We also had story time, which was a nice change of pace. We had our “Game Show Day!” on Thursday. We played “Who Knows Their Sibling Best?” and the counselors even got involved. We also played the “$10,000 Pyramid” and “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” In the afternoon we went to G.WIZ Science Museum. We really liked the races and putting our hands on the electricity ball. Friday we went to JP Igloo in Ellenton to ice skate. We had a lot of fun. The ice was really cold when we fell on it. We also got to eat lunch in the bleachers and watch the pair skaters practice for a little while before we left. ❑

Photos by Brian Walsh

Summer campers from Bayfront Park Recreation Center enjoyed ice skating at JP Igloo in Ellenton.

WEATHER STATISTICS AND TIDES Sun., June 22 Mon., June 23 Tues., June 24 Wed., June 25 Thurs., June 26 Fri., June 27 Sat., June 28

High Temp. 81 85 90 92 92 91 86

Low Temp. 75 76 77 76 74 77 76

Record High 100 (1997) 97 (1981) 97 (1983) 96 (1981) 98 (1993) 96 (1981) 96 (1986)

Record Rainfall* Low North 72 (1986) 2.08 71 (1989) 3.66 72 (1985) 0.88 70 (1981) 0.00 71 (1986) 0.00 70 (1989) 0.00 71 (1989) 0.28

Mid-Key South 2.80 2.27 2.97 2.80 0.48 1.32 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.17 0.62

Thurs., July 3 Fri., July 4 Sat., July 5 Sun., July 6 Mon., July 7 Tues., July 8 Wed., July 9

Morning Tides High Low 5:43 9:19 6:04 10:33 6:28 12:13 6:56 12:51 7:28 1:29 8:04 2:06 8:45 2:42

Evening Tides High Low 3:08 11:34 4:08 (none) 5:15 11:54a 6:33 1:20 8:08 2:45 10:08 4:05 (none) 5:16

*From the town of Longboat Key weather stations

Rainfall: Year-to-date 2003 2002 36.84 14.44 in.

Month-to-date 2003 2002 18.61 2.91

Average Water Temp.: 83

Moon phases: First Qtr. July 7

Full

July 13

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July 21

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MALE CAREGIVER available for male client. Experienced with Parkinson and Alzheimer. References. 927-5848.

STEVEN POSTANS ANTIQUES 28,000SQ.FT. WAREHOUSE. OVER 1,000 PIECES OF 18TH & 19TH C. ENGLISH AND CONTINENTAL FURNITURE AND CLOCKS. NEW SHIPMENTS ARRIVING MONTHLY!

AUTOS WANTED!!

SINCE 1979 Harry’s Continental Kitchen has been making party memories from the casual to black tie affair. Specializing in small dinner parties. 383-0777.

GILLIS & GILLIS ENTERPRISES. Crushed, washed shell, top soil, landscaping service. We install shell driveways. Serving Sarasota & The Keys since 1978. Fully licensed & insured. 941-232-8877.

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SMALL BOAT/TRAILER STORAGE. Vacation or long term. On trailer or in-water. Private launch ramp. Fresh water wash. Minutes to LBK, Gulf, gas, bait, restaurants. Also, bottom painting. Capt. John’s Marina. 941-792-2620.

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Fishing Charters EXPERT CLEANING of tile & grout, carpet & upholstery, 24/7 water removal service. DEEP SEA FISHING - 4, 6, 9 & 12 hour 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed. Free trips, up to six passengers aboard 34/ft. estimates. Call Air Movers. 358-9055. USCG Licensed Crusader with experienced Charter Captain/Fishing Guide. Climate NEED A HOUSEKEEPER? Quality service controlled cabin, all new equipment & with attention to details. Experienced. Top-of-the-line fishing electronics. Ice/bait References. Call Anna Maria, 954-2147. & tackle provided starting at $400. For information and reservations, call ROYAL CLEANING. Let us give you the Captain Brandon today. 778-5455. Royal Treatment. Residential, condos/apts. and rentals. RELIABLE. Reasonable rates. Furniture Husband/wife team. Licensed and Insured. 941-729-7333. DISPLAYED, BUT never used, Model home TAYLOR MADE CLEANING SERVICES. furniture: 4-piece bedroom suite, $259; sofa Professional Residential Cleaning. & love seat, $399; queen bed set, $199; full Weekly-Biweekly. Servicing the Islands only. bed set, $159; twin bed set, $129; daybed Best rate on Island. LBK Chamber member. complete w/pop-up trundle & 2 mattresses, $285; Futon and frame, $199. Delivery availCall 779-0184 and ask for Jennifer. able. Builders, 753-7118. DAZZLE CLEANING, “personalized houseDINING ROOM table, one of a kind, 60” keeping, general cleaning and house checks round pine from European Traditions. Mint to meet your needs. Lic./Ins. 379-6582. condition. Orig. cost $1200. Sell $700. 2/bar stools, black w/golf motif. $100/for both. ☛ CLEANING - AT your convenience! Mint cond. 387-7972. Cleaning, window washing, driving, cooking. Please call 359-2697. ANTIQUE WICKER furniture from New England, 2 sets, by owner. Call 387-8338. HOUSE CLEANING and Window Cleaning. Reliable Brazilian couple. Free estimates! FUTON. ALL oak, honey finish, no metal, Good references. Call us! Neto, Karyna mission frame. 9/Layer foam mattress. Still in box. Cost, $525. Sell, $325. Can deliver. 316-0834/928-1935. 941-761-2344.  HOUSE CLEANING by experienced Brazilian ladies. Good references. Free estimates. Please call Kiara, 812-5116.

SANCTUARY III is replacing nine floors of common area furnishings, art, mirrors, etc. All luxury items are in pristine condition w/over $70,000 in original costs. Selling all CLEAN WINDOWS, wouldn’t that be nice! for one price, $22,000. Call 383-6021 I’ll make your glass gleam! Local, license, Monday through Friday between 8:30-5:00 insured. CHRIS’S WINDOW CLEANING. for a showing. (941) 724-0221.

Help Wanted



MRS. MAIDS. Want a clean house? Call Mari. Competitive prices. References. Bonded and Insured. 371-3175.

Computer Services YOUR VERY Own Personal Computer Trainer. Backed by 25/years of experience. Ask for Summer Special! Please call Elinor, 951-6145 www.coach-computer.com.

HOME BUSINESS Opportunity! Learn to earn income with your own home business. Free Booklet. www.realityofsuccess.com 888-658-0594.

 BEACH ATTENDANT wanted FT/PT for Longboat Key resort. Must be reliable, have some sailing experience and be a people person with a sense of humor. Pays $8/hr. To apply call 383-5511.

HARBOUR VILLA CLUB MOORINGS (941) 383-9544

TURN SPARE TIME INTO $$$ Mail-order/ COMPUTER OBEDIENCE Training. Is your E-Commerce Business PT/FT Free info. computer misbehaving? Will train your Full training www.bestfuturehere.com computer to listen to you! Special $25/hour. 888-447-3129. SUPERB BOAT Slip for rent in high & dry FREE ADVICE. 545-7508. Auto Sales & Service indoor marina. In & out boat storage at its 1986 MERCEDES Benz SL580, 87,000/mi. finest. Excellent south Longboat location, IN HOME computer services. Senior friendly, Answers for this week’s crossword Good condition, $15,500. 362-4745. easy access to Bay and Gulf. Up to 30’ Call training, installation, trouble shooting. Jules Porchey, The Computer Man. 927-1428. 371-1866. 1999 XK8 Jaguar convertible; white w/tan top, 38K/miles. Excellent condition. $38,500. LONGBOAT KEY MOORINGS - Lowest LEARN TO USE your computer 928-7005. priced 60’ slip available. $206,000. Owner, as easy as your telephone. 941-383-2025 or 504-2000. Master Computer Teacher. Repairs. 383-5372. Auto Transport LONGBOAT KEY Mooring, 2/slips. 77.5’ & RETIRED LONGBOAT KEY police officer. 52.5’ on T of dock (boat up to 130/ft.). EXPERT TECHNICAL Assistance. Need Drive your car to the North and back. Seasonal, $19. Yearly $17 per foot per help with hardware, software, networks or References. 941-778-5381 month plus elec. & tax. 203-288-6312. wireless? Call Alan anytime: 941-364-5858.

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Caregiver/Companion

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HI NEIGHBOR! CAREGIVER & MUCH BRICK, BLOCK, Stone or Concrete. MORE! Yes, I live here on Longboat Key. Repairs. 746-9787 or 704-0838. Fully References. 383-5646. Insured. MCS.

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Help Wanted

Items For Sale

A SPECIAL JOB FOR SENIORS. We are looking for friendly, cheerful, dependable people to assist the elderly. Non-medical companionship. Part-time day, evening and weekend shifts. Home Instead Senior Care, 951-2103.

THE LORD’S WAREHOUSE Resale Shop. We can furnish your home & enhance your wardrobe. 6140 Gulf of Mexico, Longboat. Open June & July, Sat. 9a.m.-1p.m. 383-4738.

OFFICE FURNITURE. Black leather swivel chair, $50. Computer desk, $60. File cabinet, GARDENS INCORPORATED. A Sarasota $80. Ex. cond. 387-7049. Landscape Firm offering the finest in quality Landscape Maintenance and Garden COMPLETE MacIntosh II computer system Design. For an appointment and free including printer, Monitor, Keyboard and estimates and proposals, Call Scott mouse, $100. 383-5372. Tuzzolino. 941-544-5135.

STRATUS CEILING fans. New, brushed aluminum bodies and blades: 2/with 52-inch span, 60-inch rods; 1/with 42-inch span, 36-inch rod; 1/with 42-inch span, 36-inch overall height for damp locations like lanais. $1500 for all four. Call 387-8338.

THE LONGBOAT OBSERVER REQUIRES A CARRIER TO DELIVER THE OBSERVER EACH WEDNESDAY ON SOUTH LONGBOAT KEY. RETIREES WELCOME. FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: IRV CLEMENTS 383-5509

Landscaping & Lawn Services

Items Under $200

BEDROOM FURNITURE, 2/night stands, dresser. Like new. Paid $900. Sell for $200. 545-4137.

LARGE COLLECTION of baseball cards in sets. 383-3844.

24/FT. ALUMINUM extension ladder. Werner type II commercial, like new, $50. 383-7107.

Items Under $200

FREE CATS (4). Spayed and neutered. Need a loving home. 739-7852.

WHITE PORCH set, wrought iron: 2/chairs, couch, coffee table. Needs cushions. $150. 383-5209.

Landscaping & Lawn Services

Lost & Found LOST: BABY bead bracelet with the name Thomas in white beads. 387-0332, leave message.

Masonry SPECIALIZING IN quality custom stone work, brick, pavers, and general masonry repairs. References avail. 941-922-0402.

Massage

BAKER - side chair, part of Charleston CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING & LAWN collection, $200. Pair available. 383-0617. MAINTENANCE expanding into Longboat HOUSEKEEPER WANTED, 20-30/hours per Key. All your lawn maintenance needs! week including weekends. Fun, friendly (2) BIKES Exercise w/computer monitor. Clean-ups, fertilization, mulching, hauling, working environment. Must be sober, honest Unisex Mountain 12/speed. Both super cond. sprinkler repair, ponds and water gardens. and dependable. Good starting pay $75/each cash. 941-388-3248. Bulk shell and mulch delivered and w/increases. Contact Melissa at 383-2431, spread. Specializing in native plants and Tuesday through Saturday between 9a.m. & BIKE, LADIES’ 26” Giant 21-SP, aluminum Xeriscaping. Excellent references. 778-5294. 6p.m. frame rims, 6/mos. old. Originally $250. BOOKKEEPER FOR Longboat Key rental Sacrifice $150.00. 941-761-1415. YOUR LANDSCAPING & office. Bookkeeping experience and LAWN SERVICES AD HERE! computer skills required. Florida Vacation JON BOAT, 10’. Electric motor, marine CALL 383-5509 battery and oars, $199. 383-8860. Connection. 387-9709. Fax: 383-3798.

MASSAGE THERAPY Marty Roca (941) 232-9812 Lic. #MA32116 For your convenience, I come to you!

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FLOOR CARE DIRTY GROUT? WE CAN HELP!

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Manicures, Pedicures, & Acrylics by Mai Facial Waxing & Hair-styling by Tina & Angel

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CARPET CLEANING

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A professional home-watching service

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ServiceMaster of NW Sarasota & The Meadows, Bill & Fonda Davies, Owners

IF YOU HAVE DIRTY CARPETS, YOU NEED TO CALL:

CUSTOM CARPET CLEANING SERVICE

24/HR WATER REMOVAL Bradenton (941) 746-6306 Sarasota (941) 922-1615 LBKC Member SCT Member

D E C O R AT I V E PA I N T I N G by Dragon Fire Designs

Decorative Painters with a Difference! *Master paint specialists for all aspects of decoration

387-7886

THE SERVICE DIRECTORY WORKS!

*Surprisingly affordable * Free Consultations Murals - Faux Paint - Stenciling - Gilding - Venetian Plaster 20 Years of Experience - Large Portfolio of previous work

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For your convenience, I come to you! Chair massage also available License# MA32116

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PET SERVICES

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Landscapes in Paradise Complete Lawn & Landscape Maintenance

387-7749

God Bless our troops around the world fighting to keep America and the world free!

*Samples individually prepared for each client *Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Furniture, Fine Objects

Massage Therapy Marty Roca, LMT

We’ll watch your home when you leave it behind! Weekly Inspections • Monthly Reports Bonded • Insured

Carpet Cleaning • Furniture Cleaning Fire/Water Damage Cleanup

FAUX FINISHES

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Revolutionary “Viper Turbo” Steam Cleaning System

The leading home-watching service providing the widest array of services.

927-2128

Same owners since 1979

FLOOR CARE

Lanai Gardens Container Gardens Curb Appeal Design & Installation Interior Plants Free Consultation

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Jim and Sandee Davis Owners

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Specializing in GROUT & TILE Cleaning & Sealing Carpet & Upholstrey

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Perms & New Styles, Cuts, Colors

383-5877

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a pause for paws 941-330-8085

Personalized Playtime for Your Furry Companion

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Call Maureen for more information about The Longboat Observer Service Directory! Phone: 383-5509 or Fax: 383-7193

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Painting & Wallpapering   CANFIELD PAINTING. Condo Specials! Color your New year! Free estimates. Interior-Exterior. References available. 364-8874. VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. The originals since 1984 - Dan or Bill. 795-5100 or 518-9303. PASTEL PAINTING. Interior/exterior, neat, reasonable. Wallpaper/wallpaper removal. Supplying LBK clients w/over 12 years experience & customer service. Insured. Paul Passanant. 366-9434.





TILE-TILE-TILE GENERAL CONTRACTOR WITH 25/YRS. EXPERIENCE IN ALL TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION FROM MINOR REPAIRS TO MAJOR REMODELING. NO JOB TOO SMALL OR TOO LARGE.

All Variations of Ceramic Tile Supplied & Installed. Floors a Specialty. Large Longboat Key Portfolio. Free Estimates & Custom Designs.

✦ GRIFFITHS' ISLAND PAINT & PAPER SERVICES. Int./ext. painting, pressure washing, wallpaper & faux painting. We spray wicker. Prompt, reliable service at reasonable rates! Lic./Ins. Call Kevin. Cell 704-7115 or 792-1646..

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PERSONALIZED, LOVING in-home pet and property services. Insured & Bonded. ALL AROUND MR. FIX ALL. 15/Yrs. Exp. Purrs n’ Paws Pet Care. 941-224-3664. Spackling, moldings, painting, hanging pictures, home theater hookup, install shades/blinds/faucets/fixtures/fans. No job Positions Wanted too small! Indoor/Outdoor. Very dependable. ✓ NANNY/TEACHER, cook/housekeeper Free estimates. Call Brian @ 737-0835. available. Tri-lingual: English, French, ROBERT HELD’S HANDYMAN & MORE! Spanish. 925-1215 or Cell: 356-1968. Improvements, Repairs, Installs, Tile, Vinyl, Decks, Drywall, Rescreen & Window Remodeling Cleaning. Dependable, friendly service. & Home Improvements Call Monday thru Friday, 9a.m.-6p.m. for appointment. 758-8044.

BRILLIANT PAINTING & HOME REPAIR. Interior & Exterior work. Professional & affordable. Lic./Ins. 815-8886.

CARLO DATTILO PAINTING. Licensed & insured. Interior/exterior painting including drywall repair and retexturing. Wallpaper installation & removal, pressure washing. Residential and commercial, condos. Honest & reliable. Free estimates. (941) 744-1020. 30+years exp.

Remodeling & Home Improvements

Pet Services

Dirty grout? Give us a shout! Grout cleaning & restoration services available.

STATE LICENSED AND INSURED. MANY ISLAND REFERENCES. STATE LICENSE #CGC062636

Call Neil Halfacre (941) 726-3077 LIC.

CALL LINK LAVENDER 941-351-9919

INS.

EXPERT TILE INSTALLATION FLOORS, COUNTERS, BACKSPLASHES, WALLS, MURALS. LIFELONG LBK RESIDENT MEMBER LBK CHAMBER

TAX ATTORNEY BOARD CERTIFIED TAX ATTORNEY SPECIALIZING IN UNUSUAL TAX PROBLEMS. WITH MY 30/YEARS TAX LAW EXPERIENCE I CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH THIS MINEFIELD OF POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. WHETHER IT IS DOMESTIC, FOREIGN OR OFF SHORE INCLUDING FOREIGN CREDIT CARD TAX PROBLEMS I WILL WORK TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM RESULT FOR YOU. WILLIAM R. KLEIN OF W.R. KLEIN P.A. 941-365-1930

Taxi Service TAXI - On the Islands - $1.50 to get in, $1.50/per mile. None of the extras you pay the “guys in town”. Serving all of Sarasota and Manatee Counties as well as flat rates to most airports. Cheerful, clean service 7a.m.-3a.m., 7/days, INCLUDING HOLIDAYS. ISLAND TRANSPORTATION, 779-2520.

Roofing

STATE CERTIFIED Roofing & General Contractor, FL. Professional Engineer, Roofing (all types), Remodeling, Repairs. Personal Success Call DON for immediate response. Tile Installation ARTISAN TILE 720-0794. Lic. CC-CO57977, CG-CO61519, (941) 383-2659 STEVE ALLEN Floorcovering. Professional PE20374. VISA/MC. CHANGE YOUR LIFE Ceramic Tile Installation. Many Longboat WITH references. 20/yrs. experience. Chamber Lic./Ins. BUSINESS, LIFE & HEALTH COACH member. 383-5381, 726-1802. Also, carpet Skin Care & wood supplied, installed. Lic./Ins. JOE UNGVARSKY Construction. RemodelDAVID ESSEL, M.S. ing contractors. In-house plan design. AMAZING NEW skin care products erase State licensed and insured. #CRC035261. the signs of aging. Visible improvement EXCELLENT REFERENCES FROM in 30 days. Call 586-1231 or visit Tutoring Many island references. 778-2993. LOCAL & NATIONAL CLIENTS www.shirleydnelson.com ☛ SPANISH LANGUAGE tutoring in your ♦ ♦ ♦ CUSTOM RENOVATIONS. 25/years 941-266-7676 home. 383-4332. experience as a highly skilled, dependable, PLEASE VISIT: restoration/renovation expert, carpenter www.davidessel.com & fine finishing contractor. Kitchen and Commercial Rentals & Sales bathroom specialist. Repairs & Painting. Don’t Forget!! ☛ PRIME RETAIL AND OFFICE space Paul Beauregard, 779-2294. available at the Centre Shops, Longboat Key. Call 387-3135. EXPERIENCED HANDYMAN: Repairs, Personal Training painting, landscaping, tile, carpentry, PERSONAL TRAINING in the privacy of screening, fences, drywall, etc. Licensed.   PRIME RETAIL SPACES AVAIL. for Classifieds is your home. Professional, qualified trainer, Insured. Free estimates. Edson Bessa. Avenue of The Flowers Shopping Center. with a degree in sports medicine from the 812-5115. From 562/sq.ft. to 1281/sq.ft.+/-, 3/mos. Free University of Florida. Weight loss, strength Base Rent. Sign now! Ask about our training, toning, rehabilitative exercises. Call ☛ BILL GAREAU Building & Remodeling. aggressive move-in special. T. Mannausa & Justin Peters at Sarasota Biotechnology. All phases of home improvement. License Co., AMO, Realtor. 365-1511, ext. 115 or 544-8089. #RBC0067087. Insured. 685-2244. 116.

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Condos & Homes For Sale

Condos & Homes For Sale

LONGBOAT KEY office, $600/mo. Please call, 383-3844.

 THREE OAKS, PROCTOR RD. Newly constructed 3-4BR home with pool, granite countertops, all wood cabinets in kitchen & bathroom. Minutes to beaches and downtown Sarasota. Ready for immediate occupancy. $360,000. 941-953-2242 or 780-1488.

WINDWARD BAY CONDO FOR SALE. Spectacular Sarasota Bay views from rarely available 3BR/2BA ground floor bay front villa. Great income potential from this nicely appointed unit. Offered for $439,900. Contact Bill Hayden at 941-383-3556 or see a virtual tour of this unit and complex at my website: www.KeySarasotaHomes.com Keller Williams Realty.

LONGBOAT KEY Mixed-Use Building: Luxury 3BR/2BA apt. & 5/offices on +/-1/3 acre. $1.4/million. BRADENTON HISTORIC DISTRICT Adjoining Mixed-Use Buildings, 32/car lot for image-conscious investor/user. $1.75/mil. N.W. BRADENTON Restaurant: Italian/pizza, beer/wine, 30 seats. Good lease, easy to expand. $55K. Coin Laundry: Fairway Center retail condo unit, all equipment included. $140K. PALMETTO Packing and shipping & much more! Growing business. Great location and potential! $59,900. LONGVIEW REALTY - 383-6112 Richard Estrin Licensed R.E. Broker HOLMES BEACH, 900/sq.ft. of prime commercial store or office space, $800/mo. 778-4451.

Condos & Homes For Sale SEE FOREVER, walk wherever! Fabulous bayfront, sailboats, sunsets, sparkling city night lights. Smartly redone, 2BR/2BA, huge closets, 24/hour security. Regency House. $495,000. By owner. Principals only. 365-4242. SUPER VALUE, St. Armands. Lovely 2BR/2BA house w/large back yard. Annual lease, ideal 1031 candidate. Asking $440,000. Glenn Callaghan, Re/Max Properties. 316-6520.

 $2,279,000. Waterclub Unit. Seeing is believing. Lower floor, approx. 3,400/sq.ft. Amenities second to none. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041. YOU’RE RIGHT ON THE SAND!!! BEACHFRONT 3BR/2BA HOUSE. Well priced for immediate sale. THIS WON’T LAST. In a quiet area of Anna Maria Island with no major streets nearby, but close to shops, etc. Very private yard w/hedge. Great views from large deck. $1,450,000.

SPANISH MAIN, LBK 2BR/2BA villa. Low fees! Pool and marina, deeded beach access. $255,000. 383-8860. Owner/Realtor. SECLUDED 150/FT. WATERFRONT PARADISE - 6551 Bayou Hammock Rd. $1,195,000. 4BR/3BA wooded acre. Call Owner/agent, M. Namack, Ilene Mirman Realty 941-730-6812 or 941-378-3582. SPANISH MAIN YACHT CLUB 2BR/2BA VILLA RECENTLY UPDATED 55+ OLDER COMMUNITY YACHT BASIN, CLUB HOUSE, DEEDED BEACH ACCESS. $235,000

Call Dennis Rauschl A Paradise Realty at: 725-3934

$399,900. FABULOUS bay views, 3BR/2BA, W/D, screened lanai, heated pool, tennis court, boat dock, beach access, 2/under bldg. parking, elevator, 1625/sq.ft. Pets and 12x/yr. rental permitted, recently updated, small complex. 387-7676.

LONGBOAT KEY Gulfside, Sand Cay. By owner, 2BR/2BA, turnkey furnished, 1st floor unit with W/D in unit, steps to beach. Excellent investment, weekly rentals w/rental BEST BUY on Longboat! 2BR/2BA garden office on premises. Principals only. For more condo. Immaculate condition, private beach, information, call (NY) 914-241-4880 or boat dock, heated pool, club house. 914-980-6261. $299,000. 387-7049. FLORIDA LIVING At It’s Best. Awesome views, spacious, 2000/sq.ft. of living  $459,900 DOWNTOWN BAYFRONT. Bay area, carefree lifestyle, great amenities, Views that will knock your socks off! behind the gates location & private 2BR/2BA, one unit below Penthouse. beach access. $689,000. Kathy Simonds Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., 941-350-5292. Michael Saunders & Co. 941-809-0041.

CALL MARILYN TREVETHAN ISLAND REAL ESTATE 941-778-6066

LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR condo, fully furnished on Sarasota Bay w/spectacular views, beach access, 1/2 block to Gulf of Mexico. Recent remodel. $390,000. Local number 941-756-7748 or 609-298-4955. EXCEPTIONAL DOWNTOWN Historic condo by Bay and Ritz, Palm Avenue. Ground level, 2BR, sunroom, pool and more! Reduced under appraisal at $375,000. Call 377-7444 or 468-2019.

Condos & Homes For Sale HEMBREE’S LUXURY PROPERTIES LIDO BEACH Home to be built on Lido Beach. Gulf views! Still time to customize. $2,900,000 RITZ RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, bay views, many upgrades and amenities. $2,495,000 Lease option available. MARINA TOWER 3BR/3.5BA, spectacular views and upgrades. $1,950,000 Lease option available. RITZ TOWER RESIDENCE 3BR/3BA, great views, amenities and room service. $1,395,000 furnished. Lease option available. DOWNTOWN CONDOS-UNDER CONSTRUCTION. AVAILABLE FALL 2003 2BR/2.5BA, boat slip, views and amenities, $995,000. 2BR/2.5BA, room service, views and amenities, $895,000. CONTACT: ED BONGART 941-320-7604 OR 941-951-1776 HEMBREE AND ASSOCIATES, INC. LICENSED REAL ESTATE BROKER

EXQUISITE 2BR/2BA ground floor unit, private walk around terrace and spa, full security, close to downtown and Van Wezel. Lots & Acreage For Sale Owner/Lic. R.E. Broker, Brenda Scott. Call 320-0492 or 383-0491. Priced at $789,000. LONGBOAT KEY 3/LOTS; C-1 zoning. Broker participation welcome. $400,000 each. General Harris St. Longview Realty, Richard Estrin Lic. R.E. Broker. FAIRWAY BAY, LBK. Largest end unit 383-6112. w/fabulous bay views, 2BR/2BA, extra large balcony, new appliances, tile, carpet and SAINT ARMANDS. Meticulous 3BR/3BA, paint in neutral colors. $499,000. Mel & Jan LOOKING FOR LAND? LIDO BEACH, 1BR/1.5BA, furnished, tenant large 2/car garage, walled pool, cathedral Goldsmith, Michael Saunders & Co. GO TO WWW.USLOTS.COM through 9//30/03. $229,900. King & Co., ceilings, fireplace. $640,000. Glenn 941-383-6673 or 941-356-6673. George Peter Ryan, 388-2040. FOR LAND AND LOTS IN Callaghan, RE/MAX Properties. 316-6520. THE FT. MYERS/TAMPA AREA 701 MARBURY LANE. Sailboat canal AND THROUGHOUT THE U.S. BEST BUY ON ST. ARMANDS! 3BR/2BA  $429,900 ELEVATOR with 3000/sq.ft. w/dock and elevated 3BR/2BA OR home w/guest house. Appraised at under air, on Longboat Key, completely home (2290 A/C sq.ft. +390 sq.ft. screened CALL US TOLL-FREE $535,000. Selling for $495,000. Very quiet, furnished. Built in 1990, 2/garages. WOW! porch). Built in 1993. See photos @ secluded lot. Owner relocating. Call Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., AT 888-262-8996 www.salebyownerrealty.com2019. 941-809-0041. 941-953-2242 or 941-780-1488. (941) 387-9503. FAIRWAY BAY - Atrium Direct Bay View. Unit #538, 4th level, 3BR/2.5BA, 2616/sq.ft. w/3 balconies and 2/under building parking spaces. Priced at $875,000. ST. ARMANDS. Walk to Circle & Lido Beach, 2BR/2BA, 1425/sq.ft. on a 60x150 lot, w/extra building used as office or artist's TOWNHOUSE W/BOAT SLIP. Deep water, studio. Priced at $450,000. LBK Club, 3BR/3BA. Under appraised value, FAIRWAY BAY, 1626/sq.ft. townhouse, $559,000. By Owner. No brokers. 383-4058. 2BR/2.5BA, w/huge parking garage. Priced at $434,500. BEACH HARBOR Club. Premium 3rd floor location w/bay views. Updated interior and Andrew Vac exterior makes this unit one of the best RE/MAX Excellence properties for the money. Walk to your 941-383-9700 privately equipped beach, or keep a boat in your own private slip. A must see with easy SARASOTA, FL access. Offered for $279,000. Contact Mike Migone at Wedebrock R.E. Co. 383-5543. GORGEOUS 2BR/2BA CONDO IN THE MEADOWS. LONGBOAT KEY. Completely updated TURNKEY, GOLF, TENNIS, LAKES 3BR/3BA canal front home. Fireplace, new & MORE! dock, davits, heated pool, media room, $148,900 2.5/car garage. Professionally landscaped,





$589,900 LONGBOAT KEY. Near shopping, 6th floor. You see nothing but water, 2BR/2BA, great square footage. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. (941) 809-0041.

security system, beautifully furnished. By owner. Principals only. $779,000. 383-4101, 383-0936.

NORTH LONGBOAT KEY BEACHSIDE COMMUNITY, 322 FIREHOUSE LANE. 3BR/3BA, FAMILY ROOM, SCREENED PORCH, 3/DECKS, COMMUNITY POOL, WALK TO BEACH, FULLY FURN. $995,000 CONRAD BEACH OPEN SUNDAY: 11-4 387-9595 WWW.CONRADBEACH.COM

OWNER/REALTOR: 941-364-9900 OR 941-685-8553

 LONGBOAT KEY. Imagine a small complex ON THE GULF. ONLY 11 units. Lushly landscaped, pool, choice of either 2 bedrooms or 1 bedroom. From $299,900-$635,000 including boating facilities. www.cabanabeachclubcondos.com Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.  $379,900 UPPER LEVEL Villa on Longboat, 5/Har Tru Tennis courts, huge pool. Flexible rental program. Furnished. Peek of Gulf. Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.

3347 SABAL COVE IN THE LONGBOAT KEY CLUB $1,295,000 OPEN HOUSE EVERY SUNDAY 1-4p.m. 4000/Sq.Ft., Custom 5-Year New Home, www.buyowner.com Property #51996 Brokers Protected Call for Showing 941-383-8950 941-587-5260

Open House NORTH LONGBOAT KEY, Beachside Community, 322 Firehouse Lane. 3BR/3BA, family room, screened porch, 3/decks, community pool, walk to beach, fully furn. $995,000 Conrad Beach Open Sunday: 11-4. 387-9595 www.conradbeach.com TWIN SHORES, #75. Sat. & Sun. July 5 & 6, 12-4p.m. 1/BR, turnkey, 55+, steps to beach. $84,500. 371-3290 or 780-6585.

Out-Of-State Property FAMILY COMPOUND, large home, 2/cottages on a mountain in Spruce Pine, NC. 2.5/acres of tress and streams, all furnished. $189,000. May consider financing. 828-765-5742.

Real Estate Wanted INTERESTED IN purchasing condominium  THE PLAYERS CLUB, southend, w/full Gulf view inside Longboat Key Club Longboat. Unobstructed Gulf view w/garage, gates, Gulfside. Cash buyer. No realtors. 2BR/2BA. Immaculate, turnkey furnished. Toll Free: 1-800-621-6288. $675,000. Glenn Callaghan, Re/Max Properties. 316-6520. Rentals: Annual LIDO BEACH. Live directly on the beach, $299,900 LONGBOAT KEY, x-large one bedroom Condo. Full Gulf views Townhouse. 1500/sq.ft. All new furnishings from open balcony. TKF, secure parking, and professionally decorated, new flooring, heated pool. Annual or seasonal, 2/mo. crown molding, 2BR/2BA, garage. Great minimum. 504-0398. rental program. Built 1990. Tennis Resort. Dennis Girard, Central Park Realty Corp., TEN MINUTES to the beach. 2BR/1BA 941-809-0041. waterfront condo w/dock. 6/mo. minimum. Small pet welcome, furnished. $800/mo.  $285,000-$290,000. Gulf front complex. 941-383-2659. All new furnishings, on site Rental Office. Rent as much as you want. Rental units LIDO BEACH. Efficiencies, 1BR available being converted to condos. Dennis Girard, starting from $600 per month. Non-smoker. 941-388-2590. Central Park Realty Corp. 941-809-0041.




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Rentals: Annual

SANDS POINT, LBK’s finest Gulf front location, behind the gates of LBK Club. Unfurnished, 1BR/1.5BA, 1400/sq.ft. Private first floor patio overlooking New Pass w/Gulf views. Great pool, fishing pier, and the best of the beach. Kitchen appliances included. Non-smoker, no pets. Annual lease, $1800 monthly. You’ve got to see this one. Mrs. Barker, 383-5897 or Kim at 941-383-3702.

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

Rentals: Seasonal & Vacation

SMUGGLER’S LANDING 3BR/3BA LUXURY TOWNHOUSE FOR ANNUAL LEASE. 40’ DOCK W/SLIP FOR BOAT, DEEP WATER, NEAR ANNA MARIA ISLAND, 5/MIN. TO GULF BEACHES.

LBK, 100/FT. private beach home, 3BR/3BA, heated pool, W/D, spa, quality exercise equipment, 70 palms tropical setting, cable TV/internet/fax. Jan. through April $6000/mo., May-Sept. $4000/mo., Oct.-Dec. $5000/mo. 941-387-2001, E-mail: jios54@yahoo.com.

WATERLEFE: NEW riverfront carriage home, spectacular views! 2BR/2BA +den, garage, golf, marina, fitness, beautifully furnished. Monthly or annual, $2200 up. 941-812-6077.

UNIQUE BEACH access at Seaplace. 2BR/2BA. 2/mo. min. First floor walkout, 50/ft. to ocean beach, garden view, fully furnished, non-smoking. Tennis courts and 2/pools. Available: Dec. 2003, $2500/mo. and Jan. & Feb. 2004, $3500. 706-746-3799, or knutifam@yahoo.com.

VACATION RENTALS

BAY ISLE HARBOR SECTION FINE QUALITY WATERFRONT WITH DOCK AND BAY VIEW. UPDATED BY NOTED DESIGNER IN 1999. 3BR, FAMILY ROOM, EXERCISE ROOM AND EQUIPMENT, ELEVATOR, POOL, GOOD CLOSET AND STORAGE SPACE. AVAILABLE FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED. PLEASE TELEPHONE OWNER AT 407-876-3142 FOR DETAILS VERY PRIVATE 3BR/1.5BA, large bonus room, pool/spa. Steps to St. Armands Circle and Lido Beach, 2/car garage. Double lot. $1950/mo. +utilities. 941-953-4404. LBK, BEACH HARBOUR CLUB, furnished (and upgraded) Penthouse. 3BR/2BA, W/D, great pool. 1400sq.ft. under air +900sq.ft. private porches. Also available seasonally. Call 360-8966. SPANISH MAIN, LBK 2BR/2BA villa. Pool and marina, deeded beach access. Annual or Seasonal. 383-8860. LONGBOAT KEY. Furnished efficiency. $585/mo., includes water. First, last & security. No pets. 387-9252. LBK STUDIO and 1BR apts. Furnished, located on bay, walk to beach. $600-$650/annual. Call Resort Properties, 941-388-3177 or 941-724-5203. LBK - ISLANDER CLUB 11TH FLOOR FABULOUS VIEWS! 2BR/2BA, CUSTOM DECOR. WELL-EQUIPPED EXERCISE ROOM, HAR-TRU TENNIS AND MORE. $2500/MO ANNUAL INCLUDES ALL UTILITIES 387-0114 GOLDEN GATE Point, Bay front, 2BR/2BA, pristine, $1600/mo. Bay view, 2BR/1BA, charming, $895/mo. 587-1122. 2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. Annual and seasonal rentals. Call 813-469-9338 for more details. DOWNTOWN, RENAISSANCE. Water view/new, 1BR/1BA. Beautifully furnished, all amenities included. Annually, $1300. Monthly negotiable. 941-921-1648. LBK CONDO, steps to beach, 2BR/2BA, 36/ft. tiled lanai, bay view, pool, tennis, exercise room, sauna, covered parking. Unfurnished. Minimum 4/mos. seasonal or annual. 941-914-0066. ST. ARMANDS waterfront home. $3/Million home for lease, $3500/mo. (941) 685-2790. WHITNEY BEACH, spacious 2BR/2BA condo. Nice water view, 2nd floor, private beach, pool, tennis, W/D, water/cable/pest control included. Unfurnished, no pets, vacant, $1700/mo.

CALL JIM LAROSE A PARADISE REALTY AT (941) 729-2381

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES: unfurnished 3BR/2BA, pool, dock, $1800/mo. ST. ARMANDS TOWERS: 2BR/2BA, beach, bay, LBK view, $1800/mo. ST. ARMANDS TOWERS: furnished, 2BR/2BA, direct beach view, $2000/mo. Jennette & Rossi, Inc. Real Estate Management 941-953-6000 PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE www.leasingsarasota.com

RENTALS AVAILABLE - On the Keys & from Bradenton to Venice. Pat Passeri, Agent, Re/Max Excellence, BANYAN BAY, 2BR/2BA, 1st. floor, W/D, Rental pool, clubhouse, tennis, fishing dock, steps 800-708-5994, 941-387-2927 or 383-9700. to beach. Available monthly or seasonal. SEAPLACE, AVAILABLE DEC., 2003 to (Not available for February or March). May, 2004. 2BR/2BA, nearly new Robb & Non-smoking unit. (203) 481-2748. Stucky furniture. Bldg. M-2, under bldg. PELICAN HARBOR, 3BR/2.5BA, direct parking, N.W. view of Gulf, non-smoking. beach front, mid-Key. Pool, tennis, New air cond. w/ultra violet protection. beautifully furnished. 1/mo. minimum. All appliances & washer/dryer. Call (888) 570-1977. $5000/mo. 727-343-9162.

Longboat Key & Anna Maria Seasonal & Annual Call Wedebrock Rental Office 941-383-5886 or 800-486-5886

LONGBOAT KEY, Beachplace, 3BR/2BA. For a complete list, go to: Walk down unit, beautiful view. Available www.Wedebrock.com Oct., Dec. & Jan. Call Bridgette at 989-239-6733 or 989-797-4644. E-mail: looby8@speednetllc.com.  LONGBOAT VILLAGE, 2BR/2BA furnished LBK, 3 or 4BR/3.5BA house. Canal front home. Pet welcome. Avail. June to October, w/view of Sarasota Bay. Deep water dock. $1000/mo. 941-383-2659. 2BR/2BA GROUND FLOOR CONDO Beach access. $1800/mo. unfurnished. WESTCHESTER LONGBOAT HARBOUR, 2BR/2BA w/bay $2250/mo. furnished. 730-2790. Email: ON LONGBOAT KEY. view, nicely furnished, Building L, 2nd floor, gjodat@aol.com. BEACH FRONT, POOLS, TENNIS. enclosed lanai. 3/mo. minimum. Call AVAILABLE FOR THE 2004 SEASON. 631-586-8580. ☛ NORTON STREET, 3BR/2BA, canal, garage, lanai, unfurnished. $1450/mo. ON SARASOTA BAY, 2BR/2BA, new CALL 813-961-8923 349-1021. furnishings, pool, walk to beach, shops, FOR DETAILS dining. $2500/mo. in Season. Terms avail. LONGBOAT KEY. Spanish Main, 55+, 708-457-1487 or 847-420-5100. 2BR/2BA unfurnished villa. Pool, deeded LONGBOAT HARBOR, 2BR/2BA, beach rights, across from marina, private bay/canal views, nicely furnished, 4/pools, VACATION RENTALS AVAILABLE! view of mangrove. $1400/mo. 860-379-8934. tennis, beach house, exercise room. Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Also, available annually. 383-8566. Casey Key, U.P.C.C., Downtown. LBK, CANAL front home, 3BR/2BA. Davits, Experience the elegant lifestyle of The total renovation, never lived in. Terrazzo and LIDO BEACH vacation paradise. 1 & 2 Residence at The Ritz Carlton. hardwood floors, ceramic baths, custom bedroom condos overlooking beautiful Lido Jennette & Rossi, Inc. maple cabinets, granite counters, stainless Beach. Weekly rates. Lido Dorset. Rental Real Estate Management steel appliances, W/D, walk to Gulf. condo. 388-1404. 941-953-6000 $2000/mo. Call Brian, 603-356-2687, ext. 16. BEACH PLACE, 2BR/2BA. Monthly rental. PLEASE VISIT OUR WEB SITE WONDERFUL LONGBOAT Key canal front (941)918-8658 www.siestasandcastle.com. www.leasingsarasota.com home w/bay views. Deeded beach, 3BR, LONGBOAT KEY. Canal, pool home. fireplace, hardwood floors, quiet street. Private beach access, spacious w/billiards Call 941-350-8048. room, 2BR/3BA. Call 941-350-8048. LIDO BEACH. Modern 2BR with patio, laundry, completely furnished, walk to beach. ON THE Gulf w/pool. 1BR condo, sleeps 4. Rentals: Reasonable. Available now. 383-2566. Nicely furnished, cable, phone, full kitchen, Seasonal & Vacation living, dining area, W/D in building. Monthly LONGBOAT KEY, 2BR, first floor condo. 2BR/2BA CONDO in Longboat. Sweeping or May through Jan. $1400/mo. 351-5101. Tennis, pool. $600/week or $1800/mo. views of bay, walk to beach, all appliances. Available May 1. Also available annually. Fully furnished, pool & tennis court. SARASOTA SQUARE MALL, Timberwoods 847-735-1764. Seasonal and monthly rentals (also available 2BR/2BA furnished villas. Garage. Monthly & SEAPLACE. BEST LBK BUY! Direct annually). Call 813-469-9338 for more Annual. No pets. 941-923-4966. Beach Front, 2BR/2BA, $450,000. details. COUNTRY CLUB SHORES, LBK. And Treetops view with 2BR/1BA, $279,000. Furnished home 3BR/2BA, 2/car, heated Judi Summers, 302-3238. pool, dock, boat lift, private beach access. Pets OK. Weekly or monthly. 727-848-4100. ST. ARMANDS. Exquisite turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA cottage, pool, +screened lanai, LONGBOAT SUMMER SPECIAL. Gulf front walk beach/Circle. June 15 through Oct. 30. condo, pool, beach, 1BR/1BA, sleeps 4. Non-smokers. Pets OK. (941) 388-2524. From $770/week. 617-328-7145. CASA DEL MAR BAYPORT, 2BR/2BA. TKF, across street WINDWARD BAY. Gorgeous Sarasota Bay from Gulf. 1/mo. min. Avail.: June 1-Nov. 30, RESORT CONDOMINIUM view, beautifully furnished, large 2BR/2BA $1900/mo. 770-671-0338. corner unit, third floor Bldg. F. Washer/dryer, WEEKLY RENTALS enclosed lanai, beach access, tennis, heated GULF FRONT/GULF VIEW Time Share pools, covered parking. July thru Nov., 2003. WHITE SANDS of Longboat. Timeshares Reservations: 941-383-5549 Visa/MC $2000/mo. 1/month minimum. 387-7676. available, for sale by owner: Priced to sell Fax: 941-383-7925 at $3,000 each or $4500 for both. First ST. ARMANDS KEY CONDO. Beautiful, www.casadelmar.net turnkey furnished 2BR/2BA condo. Walk to and Second weeks (49 and 50) of Circle and beach. Available until 12/31. December. Use or trade around the Office Open 7 Days, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. world with Interval International. 359-6504 or 730-4465. 802-384-2285 or www.keyhomerealty.com 4621 Gulf of Mexico Drive ☛ GULFSIDE LUXURY condo, 3BR/5BA. or jredd@sover.net. Longboat Key 34228 Minimum 3/months. $10,000/mo. Call LBK, GOLD Crown 5/Star, RCI/II, 913-677-1050. LARGE HEATED POOL Foreclosures/Owner Resales, 3/Resorts, 1 & LBK. PRIVATE home, 3BR/2BA, deep 2 Bedroom, Red Weeks, $2000 to $14000. (25/ft.x60ft.) water, beach access, pool, newly furnished. Cunningham Property Management, Florida Weekly or seasonal rentals. Pets OK. Licensed Real Estate Broker, 387-9191, GULFSIDE lnmcarrier@aol.com or 770-840-0028. 800-201-9983, www.VacationFLA.com.

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“85% Repeat Guests”

LBK CANALFRONT HOUSE, 6 month to annual, 2BR/2BA, renovated and furnished, W/D, includes water and cable: $1650/mo. 383-5108 or 387-4327.

“INTENTIONALLY BETTER”

LIDO SHORES & ST. ARMANDS, furnished 3BR/2BA, pool, spa & private beach access. Call for rates & availability. Ramona Glanz, 383-9700. Re/Max Excellence.

SANIBEL ISLAND, CASA Y’BELLE. Gulf Front, 2BR/2BA, weeks 35 & 38. By owner, $7500/ea. 941-366-0606.

Waterfront Property WANTED, LBK. 2BR/2BA, pool, on the Gulfside. February, 04. 815-629-2416 or SCITUATE-1ST OFFERING new exquisite E-mail: jolesen1@aol.com. oceanfront condominium on Boston’s South LBK, GRAND BAY. Premiere community, SEAPLACE, LOVELY 2BR/1.5BA. Available 3BR/2BA FURNISHED CANALFRONT Shore. Thrilling panoramic views of Minot w/world class amenities, beach club, now through December, 2003. 379-4832. home. Pets welcome. Available monthly Light and sandy beach. Enjoy one floor living 2BR/2BA penthouse, furnished w/wrap Sept. thru Dec. Private beach access. See w/superb interior appointments and stunning around terrace. Spectacular views of LONGBOAT KEY condo, direct Gulf view, website for photos and rates. decor. Offered fully furnished @ $1.4/M. Sarasota Bay and skyline. 2/Garage parking, 2BR/2BA, beautiful. June, August, Sept. & http://www.home.earthlink.net/~dshog/LBKRental/ Braga & Associates, A Real Estate Co. 24/hr. security, $2500/mo. (941) 387-1336. 781-544-2000. Oct. $2000/mo. (727) 403-1449. or call 941-360-0700.


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www.LBKRealEstate.com PELICAN HARBOR This gulfside 2 or 3 bedroom home has it all; Mid Key location and remodeled beautifully. Turnkey furnished. Hear the Gulf waves, and enjoy your privacy. $469,900 Karen Ankerstar 383-5544

BAY ISLES HOMESITES Two large homesites in popular gated community to choose from! Quiet location near deep water marina, tennis, shopping and private beach club. $345,000 Tina Rudek and Mike Migone 383-5543

TWIN SHORES Large 2BR/1BA mobile home can sllep 8! Double lot, outdoor patio area. Lots of extras. Spectacular beach, bay access and just steps to the Gulf. $126,900 Peggy Kulik 383-5543

CONDOS GULF FRONT INVESTMENT Rarely available, turnkey furnished in newly renovated eight unit complex. Gorgeous beach and heated pool just outside your door. Excellent income property with bookings in place. $549,000 LONGBEACH CONDO Exceptional direct gulf views over LBK’s finest beaches. 2BR/2BA with den and large lanai. Great income possibilities. $439,000

HOMES

PENTHOUSE AT THE POPULAR GRANDE CONDOMINIUM Features include 3BR/4.5BA, 2 master suites. Sweeping gulf and bay views. Private 2 car garage, marble & granite throughout. $1,899,000. Mike Nink 383-5543

SIESTA KEY Gorgeous bay views from this beautiful Spanish Mediterranean home. Nearly 5000 sq.ft. of living area on deep protected sailboat water w/private boat dock that can accommodate a large boat. No bridges to bay, minutes to gulf. $2,250,000 Courtney Campbell 383-5543

TOWNHOUSES ON THE CAY Adorable furnished townhouse on deep canal 50ft. from Palma Sola Bay. Unit has Mexican tile, newer appliances and overlooks the pool. Boat dock could be available. Hurry! Unit won’t last long at this price.$159,000 Cindy and Gary LaFlamme 383-5543

SPACIOUS GULFSIDE HOME Spectacular gulf and sunsets views, sounds of the ocean and white sugar sand right at your doorstep. Inviting 5BR/3BA home on 100x180 lot with excellent income revenue. $2,795,000 PALMA SOLA BAYFRONT 4 acre +/- property with protected 370 foot deep canal & spacious ranch home with spectacular water views surrounded by complete tranquility and privacy. Endless possibilities. $1,249,000 “THE AVALON” New quality built 4BR/3BA home with soaring ceilings and open concept. Warm wood flooring, stainless steel, granite tops & much more. Only steps to your own deep water boat dock, sparkling community pool and beach access. $796,200 BRAND NEW HOMES Over 2100 sq. ft. of luxurious and carefree living await you. Hurry to choose your colors now. Short walk to your own deep water boat dock, gorgeous beaches and sparkling pool. Starting at $663,500

HOMESITES MILLION DOLLAR VIEW Estate size Gulf front parcel with approved plans & permits for large residence already in place. Build your dream on Longboat’s finest beach. $2,750,000

GULF FRONT LONGBOAT KEY Totally updated Sunset Beach condo. Turnkey furnished, gourmet kitchen, all new appliances, and crown molding. End unit with 2 balconies, plantation shutters, and updated tile throughout. A must see! $695,000 Marc Turner 778-0700

BEACH FRONT CONDO! Spacious 3BR in a private, nine-unit building directly on the beach. Enjoy your own piece of the beach and sunsets. Pool, tennis, and garage add to this fully remodeled piece of heaven. $725,000 Karen Ankerstar 383-5544

GULF FRONT CONDO!Wonderful gulf views over manicured lawns & sparkling pool from this rarely available, turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA end unit. Excellent Longboat rental property. $439,000. Mike Migone or Tina Rudek 383-5543.

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GOLF ANYONE build your dream home with gorgeous golf course and lake views. Quiet cul-de-sac location near deep water marina, tennis, shopping and private beach club. $550,000 BAY ISLES Large homesite in popular gated community. Deep water marina, golf, tennis, shopping, fine dining and private beach club nearby. $345,000 LAGUNA YACHT VILLAGE Don't miss your opportunity to own a new quality built home in this maintenance free waterfront community. Short walk to sugar sand beaches and your own deep water dock. Only 3 Homesites left. Starting at $240,000

FEATURED PROPERTY

ROMANTIC "VILLAGE" GETAWAY 1/1 Secluded, comfy & cozy and reminiscent of an old Florida cottage in this one bedroom village duplex. Great location & within walking distance to the beach & restaurants. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

COUNTRY CLUB SHORES GEM! Exquisite tropical decor in this three bedroom home, make this the perfect vacation spot. Boat dock & pool are included. Close to beaches, dining, golf, shopping & more. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

ANNUAL CANALFRONT POOL HOME! Almost 3,000 S.F. home 3+BR/2BA located in N. Longboat Key. Nice architectural detailing throughout, including vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring & spiral staircases. Heated pool & spa, fireplace, dock & 2 car garage. CALL FOR AVAILABILITY

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ESCAPE ... TO HIDEAWAY BAY Enchanting unspoiled beauty surrounds this immaculate 4BR/4BA custom home. Completely private water and pool views, soaring ceilings, spacious and bright interior. Steps to beach, dock and tennis. $1,125,000

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